Saturday 16th January – Saturday of week 1 of the year

Reflection: Mark 2:13-17


There are certain times in our lives, when we get overwhelmed by our poor state of spirituality  or seeming inability to overcome our sinful nature and we tend to write ourselves off, considering ourselves unworthy of God’s love and mercy. More than anything else, these moments can cause us to stay away from our loving Father. When we feel this way, let us be encouraged by Jesus’ words and actions in today’s gospel reading.

Our Lord reminds us that He is much more than interested in us just as we are. He wants to spend time with us, dine with us and reassure of His love and mercy. At the same time, He wants to extend that wonderful and constant invitation to us: “come, follow me”

How deeply steeped in sin are you? Open the door of your heart for the master who is Jesus Christ to come in. He came to make you whole again and to save you, confess all your burdens and sins to Christ because He can transform you only if you allow him. You mean a lot more to God than you can ever imagine. No matter what your past has been, come back to him because he loves you.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to come back to you and always realize that I am important to you and to try my best to always please you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 428: Whoever is called “to teach Christ” must first seek “the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ”; he must suffer “the loss of all things…” in order to gain Christ and be found in him” and to know him and the power of his resurrection, and to share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible [he] may attain the resurrection from the dead”.

HIDE A TREASURE: Jesus heard them and answered, “People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick, I have come not to call respectable people but outcasts”. Mark 2:17 GNB

Today’s Readings: 1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1; Psalm 21:2-3,4-5,6-7; Mark 2:13-17