Wednesday, January 12, 2022

“There shouldn't be a clash between "God's Truth" and what the culture says about Catholics (specifically) "being more loving."……. In Scripture and in Catholic tradition, Truth and Love are two sides of the same coin. You can't have one without the other. God's Truth is all about God's Love for us and the Love we ought to have for one another. We are being untrue to that Truth if we treat people un-lovingly. And we are missing out on the full extent of that Love if we try to divorce it from Ultimate Truth. We Catholics must work to repair this “schism” in the universal church and in the public square……….. If the church is to have a greater impact in our culture, it must teach and model the example of Jesus Christ, which was an example of a faith in both word and deed, revealed to us in Scripture and lived out in the everyday lives of his followers. That is what we say we believe……… I guess the question today is: Do we actually believe it?...Jesus said He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE…He did not say He was the custom”

Gospel Text: (Mk 1:29-39)

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, 
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons 
throughout the whole of Galilee.


So what was He all about?  He was about preaching Himself as THE Truth that is spoken.  Jesus IS the full revelation of the Father in Heaven and is the revelation of ALL Truth.  Therefore, Jesus’ statement means that He came to share Himself, in His fullness, with all people.  He came to share Himself with those He preached to, literally, as He traveled from village to village.  It means that He continues to share Himself with all of us every time we listen to and receive His Living Word:  The Living Word of His very life.

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