Christ brings forgiveness and freedom
The Catholic Church, as Pope Francis has declared on many occasions, is a Church of mission and we Catholic people are all called to carry the Good News to the ends of the earth and to share it with all people. And this mission, we are encouraged, must be without condition and without restriction. Our mission is to share it with all people and to pray that the Holy Spirit will use our efforts to penetrate the hearts of those who hear it.
We can help the poor by our fasting
From today's reading (Isaiah 58:1-9):
'Fasting like yours today
will never make your voice heard on high.
Is that the sort of fast that pleases me,
a truly penitential day for men?
Hanging your head like a reed,
lying down on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call fasting,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me
– it is the Lord who speaks –
to break unjust fetters and
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.
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.
Pope Francis has released his message to the world for World Mission Day 2013. In it he speaks about how faith “needs our personal response” and that it is a gift that we cannot keep to ourselves but must share. He said “if we want to keep it only to ourselves, we will become isolated, sterile and sick Christians.”
He also speaks about the missionary task of Christian people to “walk the streets of the world with our brothers and sisters, proclaiming and witnessing to our faith in Christ and making ourselves heralds of his Gospel.