Reflections on the Readings for Sunday, February 1, 2015

Readings for today

images-1There are real prophets sent from the Lord Himself to whom we are instructed to listen  – and there are false prophets whom we are warned against.  How do we tell if a prophet is sent by God or if he/she is really on the side of evil, or of self?  In scripture, Jesus tells us that good trees produce good fruit and bad trees bad fruit.  We can discern a prophet’s origin by the “fruit” produced.  Is he/she self-serving?  power-hungry?  arrogant?

In the psalm, we sing, “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”  Most of us, I would dare say, have never actually heard God’s voice – at least not in the way that Moses heard it in the burning bush.  However, we do have the voice of God in the Bible – the book that He inspired human authors to write.  As Catholics, we sometimes minimize the importance of reading the bible.  In fact, we should not only read it (or listen to God’s word) on Sundays, but should read it everyday – and meditate upon it.  I’m going to attach a link to a short “Young Catholic Minute” video that humorously emphasizes this point.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I first saw it.

Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, reminds us to make God our first priority in life.  When we place God first – even before our spouse/family members – then things tend to “work together for the good of those who love Him.”  Romans 8: 28 Remember:  “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6: 33  I inevitably find that when I start the day with “God time,” my day flows much better.  You can’t give away what you don’t have.  When you allow God to fill you with His grace first, it will naturally flow from you to others with whom you come into contact.

In the gospel today, Jesus speaks with authority, and all are amazed.  Again, are we in awe of Jesus’ words and actions or have they become “ho-hum” to us – just another story we’ve heard a hundred times over?  Do we make the effort to dig deeper?

Jesus uses the authority that He has been given by God to teach and to serve.  Humans often use their authority to lord it over others, to manipulate, to be-little.  Jesus teaches us the meaning of true authority.  He drove out demons, the most crippling of all human ailments – the one that affects the very soul – with simple, yet authoritative words.  It is so reassuring to know that as followers of Christ, we do not have to fear evil.  We have Jesus on our side!   Just the mention of His name makes the demons flee!  How great is our God!

About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 10, 16 and 23. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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6 Responses to Reflections on the Readings for Sunday, February 1, 2015

  1. perrettharry says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings from a Lost Soul and commented:
    We indeed need Jesus 💕

  2. “Those with ears ought to hear”

    “Matthew 13:15
    For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

    Acts Of Apostles 2:14
    But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words.

    Acts Of Apostles 7:56
    And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him.

    Matthew 11:15
    He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

    GREAT message, its not that we have not been warned. Let us pray!

    Continued Blessings,

    Patrick

  3. Reblogged this on walterbotteldoorne and commented:
    Dank je wel voor de mooie video, waarom we de bijbel zouden lezen. Alleen de vermelding van zijn naam doet de demonen niet vluchten! Het kwaad moet altijd het onderspit delven God de Schepper van Hemel en aarde.<3

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