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February 2014

Dwelling on the Word of God: Jesus’ teaching on divorce (Friday 28th February 2014)

It is Jesus who taught us that divorce and remarrying is a sin
 
From today’s Gospel (Mark 10:1-12):
 
‘Jesus came to the district of Judaea and the far side of the Jordan. And again crowds gathered round him, and again he taught them, as his custom was. Some Pharisees approached him and asked, ‘Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were testing him. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ ‘Moses allowed us’ they said ‘to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.

Pope Francis General Audience: Jesus is close to is in Anointing of the Sick

 
Click this link to read what Pope Francis had to say at this week's General Audience in St Peter's Square:
 

Dwelling on the Word of God: a call to put God first and to protect the unborn

 
From today’s reading (James 5:1-6):
 
'An answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers mowed your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.

Dwelling on the Word of God: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (Wednesday 26th February 2014)

from patheos.com
 
From today's Gospel Acclamation (Jn 14:6):
 
'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
No one can come to the Father except through me.'
 
 
This is it.  This is our faith all wrapped up in just a few words from Jesus.
 
Ultimate fulfilment for us is to be with God and to get there we must follow Jesus (as he is the way), we must believe in him (as he is Truth), and we must live like him (as he is life itself). 
 

Dwelling on the Word of God: welcoming all people, including the unborn (Tuesday 25th February 2014)

 
From today’s Gospel (Mark 9:30-37):
 
‘They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Help the little faith I have! (Monday 24th February 2014)

From today's Gospel (Mark 9:14-29):
 
'But if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.’ ‘If you can?’ retorted Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for anyone who has faith.’ Immediately the father of the boy cried out, ‘I do have faith. Help the little faith I have!’
 
 
This short passage from today's Gospel is describing the dialogue between Jesus and a man who is begging Jesus to heal his possessed son.
 
How do you imagine Jesus when he says 'if you can'?  Does he raise his voice and shout at the man for his lack of faith?

The Devil is at his most dangerous where he cannot be seen

Image of St Michael standing on Satan
 
This is an interesting quote from a book on exorcism that I am currently reading...
 
"Sometimes he (the devil) shows himself, strangely, but also in cases of possession.  But he's much more dangerous where he doesn't let himself be seen, where he can't be done away with through exorcism."
Father Pedro Barrajon (December 2005)
 
 

Dwelling on the Word of God: Jesus’ call for us to step out of our comfort zone (Friday 21st February 2014)

The Good News - too good to keep to yourself!
 
From today’s Gospel (Mark 8:34-9:1):
 
‘…For if anyone in this adulterous and sinful generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
 
 
Do you talk about your faith to others?  Are you joyful in your faith to the point that you just can’t help but shout about it and share it on your Facebook page or Twitter feed? 
 
It’s an interesting thought.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Sharing Christ with Others (Thursday 20th February 2014)

 
From today's Reading (James 2:1-9):
 
'My brothers, do not try to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between classes of people. Now suppose a man comes into your synagogue, beautifully dressed and with a gold ring on, and at the same time a poor man comes in, in shabby clothes, and you take notice of the well-dressed man, and say, ‘Come this way to the best seats’; then you tell the poor man, ‘Stand over there’ or ‘You can sit on the floor by my foot-rest.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Standing up for God with humility and love (Wednesday 19th February 2014)

From today's reading (James 1:19-27):
 
'Remember this, my dear brothers: be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to rouse your temper; God’s righteousness is never served by man’s anger....you must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves....'
 
 
Have you ever heard the expression 'two ears, one mouth'?  Well, this is what James appears to be getting at in this reading.  From this reading we are reminded that we must listen to God's Word and do what He tells us.
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