The Spirit immediately drove Jesus into the desert. Mark 1:12
We begin the First Sunday of Lent by following Jesus in the desert. We walk with Jesus, fasting with Him and preparing ourselves to be more like Him. Jesus is the way in which we become Jesus in the World.
Tremendous evil is ever present. The evil one is ever tempting us to leave the Jesus’ approach to life. But our Rabbi, the Lord Jesus gives us the way of victory over evil; Jesus is the way!
The Kingdom of God is present when Jesus lives in us!
Have a blessed Lent! The Mount Caritas Community is praying for you!
Being a leper was a terrible thing. You would be like the living dead. All of the usual things of life would be denied you and for good reason. You presence in society would be dangerous because the disease that you have was not curable and was contagious. You were dead to your family!
Jesus brings resurrection when He encounters us!
This poor leper went to Jesus and he became alive again; the incurable was cured! We may not be lepers but we do need Jesus! His love can bring us back to life. All we need to do is follow the former leper’s example: come to Jesus!
Jesus is our Valentine! True love cures! Let us love one another. Let us be a people of love!
And He came and took her by hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; she got up and served them. Mark 1:31
The healing of the Mother-In-Law of Peter reminds us of a key part of our lives with Jesus. First, she was sick with a fever. Second, her Son-In-Law, his brother and his friends brought Jesus to her. Third, Jesus heals her and finally she gets to work doing what God wanted her to do: hospitality!
We are called to be ministers of healing and ministers of hospitality among many other obligations of our relationship with Jesus.
We can and must bring Jesus to people! Jesus is still in the healing business! And once we are physically able, we are called to serve one another.
We are part of a community of healing and service! In Jesus we change the world!
“For the Christian, there is no such thing as a ‘stranger’. There is only the neighbour – the person who happens to be next to us, the person most in need of our help….Christ’s love knows no boundaries.”
We are a world that is hurting. The Pandemic of 2020 has left a terrible mark on our people. There is so much death, there is so much poverty and hunger, there is so much despair, yet Jesus speaks to us through our hurts and pain.
In the Gospel reading for today, Mark 1:21-28, St. Mark only records for us a brief statement of Jesus for us to meditate on.
“Be silent and come out of him!” Mark 1:25
In this early part of Jesus’ Ministry, the hearers in the Synagogue were impressed by His words but the demon knew Him and knew His purpose.
“I know who you are, the Holy One of God” Mark 1:24
It might seem strange but let us use these words of the demon and call on Jesus more earnestly now than ever. He will cast out any demon that we are struggling with. Jesus will bring order in our chaotic time. Total Trust in the Lord!
…Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men and women.” Mk 1:17
Happy Word of God Sunday!
Jesus is the Word of God and to follow Him, we must first know Him! To do this, the first thing we must do is read and live the Bible.
Today we read about the calling of the Brothers to stop what they are doing, they are fishermen, to fish for people so that they may have an encounter with Jesus (Mark 1:14-20). If we compare these early days of their ministry, and the end of their ministry, it may seem that they are different people. In reality they have been changed by their relationship with our Lord! They allowed their lives with Jesus to change them. Little by little in their life with Jesus, the Word of God radiated more brightly in their lives and they brought more people to love and serve the Lord. We radiate what they radiated two thousand years ago. If we live the Word of God, we radiate by our lives Jesus and in doing so become fishers of women and men!
We, the Caritas Community, are with you in prayer and are here for you!
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” John 1: 35-36
We have entered the Holy Time we call Ordinary, meaning numbered time. This is the time between and after the Holy Seasons of Christmas and Easter. Today we have the example of St. John the Baptist. He gives us a wonderful example of humility that we must use to be real disciples of Jesus. St. John had a tremendous Ministry and he would let it go because life is found in Jesus.
If we follow St. John, we would not let ourselves get in the way of pointing people to Our Lord!
These are challenging times, may we be humble like St. John the Baptist and let our lives direct people to Jesus. May our actions be alway acts of love.
I am the Lord, I have called you in to righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
Is 43: 6-7
Today we conclude the Season of Christmas. As all things in 2020, it was not a normal celebration of this Holy Season as much as we have been accustomed to over the years of our lives. This was a season of much more reflection and contemplation. Hopefully it was a season of peace.
Today’s Feast reminds us of who we are who have been baptized into Christ. As Isaiah the Prophet stated above, “I have given you as a covenant to the people”. Baptism has made us other Christs! What an awesome mystery! The Father wants to say about us “Listen to him or her!”