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Gospel Mark 3:1-6 23 January 2019 by Florence D’Costa

Gospel Mark 3:1-6    1 And he entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him whether he would heal on the sabbath days; that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand: Stand up in the midst. 4 And he saith to them: Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy? But they held their peace. 5 And looking round about on them with anger, being grieved for the blindness of their hearts, he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth: and his hand was restored unto him. 6 And the Pharisees going out, immediately made a consultation with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

My views :
in yesterday’s gospel, we did see that the Pharisees were not pleased with Jesus and his disciples because they picked grain on the Sabbath to eat and Jesus did admonish them by saying that Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath and he also added that he was Lord of the Sabbath.

After saying this he again entered in the synagogue and there was a man who had a withered hand.  Now, Jesus was God and Man and being God, he always felt compassion for man.  When he does notice that something is not right, he would
immediately set out to fix things.  He could not sit back and do nothing, even if he was being watched and knew that he would get into trouble with the Pharisees.   He did see the man with a withered hand and immediately he felt pity and compassion for this human being.  He knew that he simply had to heal this man whether it be the Sabbath or not because he knew that it was the right thing to do and being God, he knew.   Since the Pharisees questioned him earlier regarding picking grain on the Sabbath, Jesus looked at them and asked them if it was lawful to do good on the sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to destroy.  But they did not say anything but Jesus was angry and he was grieved because he could see the blindness of their hearts.  Jesus, being God could see into their hearts and he was greatly distressed and he felt great sorrow.  Pharisees were middle class businessmen and leaders of the synagogue. They were known for their emphasis on personal piety.  Now, being leaders in the synagogue, Jesus expected them to feel pity and compassion for the man with the withered hand but they did not and were following Jesus and waiting for a chance to accuse him.

Jesus knew that he could heal the man’s withered hand and make him whole.  What was the feelings of the man who was healed.  He was first of all shocked that Jesus decided to heal his hand on the Sabbath and yet grateful and joyous.  I am sure words could not describe his joy.  Jesus was bold and courageous and not afraid of man.  His main aim was to do the Will of His Father in heaven. Jesus then asked the man to stretch forth his withered hand and his hand was restored. Jesus gave back to this man – dignity and health so that he could be normal again.

Herodian (in the New Testament) a member of a Jewish sect associated with the Pharisees in opposition to Jesus, and assumed to be supporters of Herod the Great’s dynasty.  So the Pharisees as soon as they saw Jesus healing the man with the withered hand, they went off to meet with the Herodians to plot against Jesus.

Now, we, in this world, who do we choose to be like?   1.  Jesus – full of compassion and mercy   Ready to do good, even though we might get into trouble because of it.   2,  the pharisees who were waiting to accuse Jesus or  3.  like the Herodians full of power, ready to join the Pharisees and do Jesus evil.  or are we like the man with the withered hand in need of healing.  If we are in need of healing, let us go to Jesus Christ and we will be healed.

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January 23, 2019 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Gospel, Healing, Health, Miracles, Scripture, Will of God, Word of God | Leave a comment

Gospel Mark 2:23-28 January 22, 2019 by Florence D’Costa

Mark 2:23-28 Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

My views :
The Pharisees were always trying to find fault with Jesus.  Every opportunity they got, they would try to set a trap for him.  But Jesus Christ being the Son of God, was God and Man and He knew what was in their hearts and he always had the right answer for them.  In fact, he was teaching them.  The Pharisees made lots and lots of rules and it really became a big burden for the people.  So Jesus Christ was indirectly telling them to make things easy for the people instead of burdening them with so many laws. And that is why he said that Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  People normally eat three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner.  So, when the disciples were hungry, it was not wrong for them to pick some heads of grain to eat on the Sabbath. Then he further added that the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath. Meaning that he was the Boss of the Sabbath and not the Pharisees who made unnecessary laws just to burden the people.

So my dear people to worship God is definitely not a burden.  All we need is LOVE – to Love God with our whole being and to love our neighbour as ourselves.  The Pharisees made things very complicated for people to worship Yahweh and Jesus was teaching them to Love God and the people in an uncomplicated way.
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January 22, 2019 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Compassion, Gospel, Love for God, Love for neighbour | Leave a comment

The Catholic Mass (1) by Florence D’Costa

The Mass is the pinnacle of prayer.  Mass is a Celebration where we celebrate Christ.   Christ Jesus died only once on Calvary.  At every Mass we go into time and we are present at Calvary.  We are there when Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was betrayed, tormented, tortured and crucified.  He died for you and for me.  He died for the whole world and for all people.  If we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, then Salvation is ours for free.  The Mass is a powerful weapon against Satan and his wiles.    The whole of heaven is present during Mass with all the angels and saints.  At Mass, there are readings and the gospel – The Liturgy of the Word.  We have the prayers of the faithful.  At the Offertory, the priest offers the whole congregation to God – as we are, including our sinfulness.  Liturgy of the Eucharist – When we receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion, God, the Father, blesses us and a lot of graces is given to us so that we can continue to live for Christ and for what He stands for.  At Holy Communion, we receive Jesus Christ Himself.  Let us pray that Christ whom we receive in Holy Communion will make us a new creation and will make us more and more like Him.  I will continue to write about the Mass as and when I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit.

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April 7, 2018 Posted by | Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Celebration, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Cross, Evangelisation, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Kingdom of God, Mass, Youth | Leave a comment

Gospel Luke 4: 31 – 37 5/9/2017 God will make a Way by Florence D’Cost

In today’s gospel an unclean demon reveals to us that Jesus of Nazareth is the Holy One of God. The demon has no choice but to be obedient to Jesus …….

September 5, 2017 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Deliverance, Elderly, Gospel, Joy of the Gospel, Marriage, married couples, music, Songs, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Matthew 19: 13 – 15 (Gospel)/Only a shadow of your love by Florence D’Costa

Children in the time of Jesus were considered to be the least, but Jesus welcomed little children and he said that it is to such as these the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.

August 20, 2017 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Family, Gospel, married couples, Singles, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Matthew 16: 24 – 28 – Gospel by Florence D’Costa

Let us follow Christ with joy in our hearts daily and let us pray to bring God’s Kingdom on earth even while we live – let us pray the Our Father (Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven) – It is important to pray that God would bring His kingdom, His values, His teachings into our lives, our homes, our communities, our parliament, our government etc….

August 11, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, couples, Gospel, Joy of the Gospel, Marriage, married couples, Singles, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

John 12:24-26 Gospel for 10/08/2017 by Florence D’Costa

August 11, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Evangelisation, Gospel, Singles, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment