Thursday, January 13, 2022

“What I know for sure is that speaking the TRUTH and more importantly living the TRUTH are the most powerful tools we have…..While in no sense can our government be called "totalitarian" let us not miss the advance of "the dictatorship of relativism" that ultimately will not respect or honor religious teachings and conscience demands that run counter to the prevailing culture…… People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up…. Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the TRUTH. Do the right thing because it is right….. Every mind must make its choice between TRUTH and repose. It cannot have both.”

Gospel Text: (Mk 1:40-45)

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him, 
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.


The “popular Jesus” is not always the “real Jesus.”  In other words, the authentic Gospel message is not normally that which our popular culture will hold up as exciting.  Jesus and His authentic Gospel message will not always make headlines in the national news.  Rather, if we want to find Him, we must diligently seek Him in the hidden and quiet places where He waits for us.  


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