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Jesus summoned those He wanted... They were to be His companions and to be sent out to proclaim the message.
Mark 3: 13-14

NEWS HISTORY
GOSPEL REFLECTION:

The teachings of Jesus made a deep impression on the people who listened to him. Because it was the Word of God and Jesus could do it with authority from God. This authority is clearly seen by the devil himself shouting at Jesus at top of his voice,"What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?" The devil had no other option but to leave the person and come out of him. No devil can stand the power of Jesus. Once the person is attracted by Jesus the evil inclinations in him vanish. Let us try to remove all that is unholy in us: Let us pray that the good Lord may touch our lives. How much we want that we live a saintly life. But unfortunately we are not able to. Let us invoke the Spirit of the Lord that He may teach us his ways.


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

Jesus takes the ordinary people to proclaim His message. Today's gospel is a clear example for that. Just look at the situation where Jesus is teaching them a lesson to completely surrender oneself to God even if one thinks that one knows everything. Jesus is not the person to teach Peter, Andrew and the sons of Zebedee anything about the changes that are taking place in the sea. Because they are fishermen and they know for sure to manage the affairs of the sea. But today nothing seems to be working. They seem to be knowing nothing about the sea. "Lord! Don't you see we are perishing!" But actually Jesus wants to teach them that even when one thinks that he/she is efficient, the hand of the Lord is necessary. Jesus wants to put into their mouth that same question which they themselves asked "after all who is this person, even the nature obeys him?" Let us try to find out who is this great person called Jesus for me?


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

The common saying goes: "We do our best and God will do the rest". This is true in every case. Whatever we may do but it is God who gives success to what we do. This is clear from today's gospel reading (Mark. 4: 26-34). The sower only sows the seed but it is God who gives form and growth to the seed. Our duty is only to proclaim the Word of God in every possible way. God will see that it yields fruit in the hearts of many. The word becomes a shelter for many who come to it. Can we do our part the best possible way; God will never abandon us.


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

What a beautiful life we have if we are in touch with Jesus. In today's gospel (Mark 4: 21-25) Jesus mentions the value of life that one has by comparing it with lighted lamp. The purpose of the lamp is to give light to others, to remove darkness. So also our lives like the lighted lamp should be able to remove the darkness of others' life. We have to inspire the lives of others. It will be very nice if someone is able to see and walk in the light because I become a light for others. Let us try to surrender our lives for the sake of my brother or sister who may be in darkness.


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

Jesus in today's gospel (Mark 4: 1-20) gives us a beautiful passage to ponder over. There are two issues involved. First, Am I able to sow the seeds of the Gospel in the hearts of the people in spite of all the problems, difficulties, persecutions and oppositions coming on the way? Because there may be one among the thousands who has a fertile land in the form of his/her heart to accept the Word of God and to transform his/her life. The others may not be interested at all. They may be with a stony heart not able to produce anything! But think of the one who is able to accept. What will be his/her condition if I don't preach the word of God to him/her? Secondly, Am I able to accept the Word of God preached to me or rather sowed into my heart? Why do I become so rigid that the Word of God has no place in my life? Jesus invites us to accept the Word of God for a transformation of life. So that we will be able to produce a hundred percent fruit from our lives. Never become a person who has no meaning in life.


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

When the Lord says Who is my mother, my brother and my sister, everyone is wonder struck as to what a statement it is from the mouth of the Lord. In today's gospel (Mark 3: 31-35) Jesus is trying to give an indication that He is from the Father and that He has a "Heavenly Family" to be more worried about than his "earthly Family" comprising of His Mother and his cousins. Jesus also tries to bring in to that heavenly family everyone who "does the will of God.' In other words, you and me are invited to that great family provided we do the will of God. It does not at all reduce the motherhood of Mary as she is the best example for doing the will of God. Let us therefore, try to include ourselves into the family of God by doing the will of God.


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

The Lord does not want the proud, the arrogant, the selfish for His ministry. He wants ordinary, simple people who are busy in their own daily lives. Jesus was such a crowd puller with His Message, that the disciples like Peter, Andrew, James and John, without even having a second thought about what would happen to them the next day if they leave their jobs, went after Jesus to proclaim the message with their lives. The call is just "Come after me." They knew who it was, they knew very well as to where to go. They surrendered; come what may. Let us also try to follow Jesus the same way as these disciples.


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

The Word of the Lord is ever powerful. That is the reasons why people thronged to hear Jesus. The crowd was so big that Jesus and His disciples did not have time even to have meals. The beauty is that the physical concerns does not affect Jesus at all. He is out there preaching about the Love of the Father to the people that flock to Him. His own relatives call him "mad"! But Jesus is least bothered because His priority is something else. Can we as followers of Jesus have such tremendous priorities in life with regard to the preaching of the Gospel?


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

The Gospel passage of today reminds the basic quality that a disciple of Jesus should have. That is the quality of being with Jesus come what may. When Jesus appointed the twelve as His disciples he wanted them to be His companions and have them sent out to proclaim the message. What a great commission that the Lord gives to His Disciples. Are we in any way less disciples than the twelve? Can we not be His companions and friends? Let us find out from our own lives...


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

John the Baptist is an inspiration for all of us. Because he never proclaimed about himself but only about Jesus. Look, Here is the Lamb of God! he says. And instills in Andrew and the other disciple and many others the desire to approach Jesus. Jesus in his turn wants to accept Andrew and others and fulfill their hearts desire. They experience Jesus by staying with him. Andrew goes a step further and brings Peter his brother to Jesus. A chain of witness is going on among the disciples. Once a person has experienced the presence of Jesus he/she goes on to proclaim Christ. The life of the person after having come to know about Jesus has changed. Can I today become an instrument in spreading Jesus in my family, neighborhood and society at large like Andrew, Peter and many others? John 1: 35-42


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

The Gospel of today is a clear example to show the power of Jesus. Jesus was really concerned about mission that He was entrusted with. That is why St Mark writes that so many people thronged to Jesus to hear him speak. (Mark. 2: 13) The teaching made such a great impact on the people that they were ready even to give up their jobs to follow Jesus. This was because Jesus was a person who accepted even the sinners to this divine call. The people especially the sinners had no other choice but to follow Jesus leaving everything else aside. Let us also try to make an attempt to follow Jesus more closely as Mathew the tax collector did.


GOSPEL REFLECTION:

In the gospel reading through the parable of the Cure of the Paralytic Jesus wants to teach us two things. First and foremost it is Faith that we require the most to experience the healing touch of Jesus in our lives. What a great faith those people had who carried the paralytic to Jesus. They were not worried about the difficulties they had to undergo to bring the sick to Jesus. Their only concern was that their Brother who is sick need the help of Jesus to be healed. Secondly the utter dependence on Jesus. The sick as well as the others knew very well that Jesus is the final solution to their problems. Forgetting everything else they approach Jesus in faith. The result is very clear, Jesus orders. Get up, pick up your stretcher and go home. Let us also have the same faith as these people had.


DIOCESAN YOUTH CONVENTION:

The Diocesan Youth Convention will be held at Jeevan Deep, Banswara from 28 of December 2014 to 30 December 2014. Please pray for the success of our Youth Convention.


 
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