Monday, January 9, 2017

First General Council Meeting in New Year 2017

The General Council meeting, the first one in the new year 2017 began yesterday with a beautiful prayer prayed by the vicar General. The General minister welcomed and exchanged greetings for the new year...he expressed satisfaction for the work and ministry done in the last year.....
The agenda is very long this time........there are reports to be evaluated of various commissions in the Curia and outside to......the visitation reports, Chapter reports and Mid term reports.......the canonical and consitutional cases to be dealt with......we will have a lot of work to do.....
Inviting you all to pray for the success of our council meeting.....

Heb 2: 5-12 / Mk 1:21 -28

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Heb 2: 8b- 9
     When it is said that God gave him dominion over all things, nothing is excluded. As it is, we do not yet see his dominion over all things. But Jesus, who suffered death and for a little while was placed lower than the angels, has been crowned with honor and glory. For the merciful plan of God demanded that he experience death on behalf of everyone.

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 1: 21- 28
     Then they went into the town of Capernaum and Jesus began to teach in the synagogue during the sabbath assemblies. The people were astonished at the way he taught, for he spoke as one having authority and not like the teachers of the Law.

   It happened that a man with an evil spirit was in their synagogue and he shouted, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: You are the Holy One of God." Then Jesus faced him and said with authority, "Be silent and come out of this man!" The evil spirit shook the man violently and, with a loud shriek, came out of him.

     All the people were astonished and they wondered, "What is this? With what authority he preaches! He even orders evil spirits and they obey him!" And Jesus' fame spread throughout all the country of Galilee.
     In the first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that Jesus is the author of our salvation. God the Father sent his Son into the world and he became man, capable of suffering and death. After a life of goodness and kindness, Jesus triumphs over sin and death by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead, thereby fulfilling God's will. Now, through him and in him, we have access to the Father, which more often than not, may involve the cross in our own lives.

     It is true that when we look at Jesus it seems we are so different from him. We feel that we can never attain his holiness, which is true. Yet we can at least share in his desire to do the will of the Father always.
   And then, if we believe that he became man, in all things like us except that he was without sin, then maybe we can also do works for eternal life, the good works the Father wants us to do.
     We must believe that whoever desires to do good works, God will help to do so. When we do good works, we glorify the Father. Our focus should not be on ourselves or our weaknesses and incapacities, but on the will of God. Jesus lived his life like this. So by looking at Jesus, our leader and example in faith and love, we hope to be close to him and to imitate him.
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