Audio Readings January 14, 2013 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Hebrews 1:1-6; Psalm 97:1-2, 6-7, 9;Mark 1:14-20

Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God. (Mark 1:14)

In many Bibles, the word “gospel” is translated as “good news.” That is a truly fitting term, because there is no better news on this earth than the gospel message. Actually, it may be appropriate to call the gospel “good messages,” for there are so many promises contained within it.

Here are three of those promises that you can stand firm on today. First, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you with his Holy Spirit. Second, there is no need for you to feel bound up in guilt and shame, because all of your sins have been forgiven. And third, all of your trials and struggles will be vanquished when you live with Jesus for all eternity in heaven. Take a few moments right now and thank God for each of these three glorious truths. Brothers and sisters, we serve an awesome God!

But God makes it possible for us to go beyond simply enjoying this good news. We can “put it to work” for us every day as well. Many people in the business world start each day with a plan. They write out what they need to do to make their day productive and successful. So what about starting your day in a similar fashion? Write down what you sensed in prayer or at Mass, and refer back to it as you walk with the Lord for the rest of the day.

Try it today. Choose one or more of the three pieces of good news we listed above, and write down how you plan to benefit from those truths today. For example, let’s say you have an appointment to get an update on a serious medical condition you are dealing with. You can write about how Jesus will be sitting beside you at the doctor’s office, strengthening you and sustaining you. Or if you gave in to sin yesterday and are still feeling guilty about it, you can write a prayer of repentance to the Lord and thank him for his mercy. The possibilities are as endless as God’s love for you!

“Jesus, your gospel is truly good news for me. I want to leave behind any sin or doubt in my life and cling to you today. Jesus, friend of sinners, take my life.”~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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