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1st Reading:  Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Psalm:  24 (25) 4-6, 7b-9

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Gospel:  Mark 1:14-20

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Today is ‘Sunday of the Word’ of God.  This celebration emphasises the importance of the Word of God.

It also reminds us to experience anew how the risen Christ opens up for us the treasury of His Word and helps us to proclaim its deep richness before all.

We are reminded that we share the scriptures with the Jewish people, and with other Christian churches and denominations.

The Sunday of ‘the Word of God’ has ecumenical value.

The scriptures point the way, the path to authentic and firm unity in Christ.

  • How important are the scriptures (the Bible) to you?

  • Do you read some scripture every day?

  • Are you learning how to understand the scriptures better?

The scriptures, the Bible, is God’s Word inspired by the Holy Spirit.

They keep calling us to faith.

It is important that each home has a Bible available, that each person has access to the Bible.

This, of course, can nowadays be done online.

A good place to start reading is to slowly read one of the Gospels.  Do not read too much at once.  The Word of God needs to be reflected upon, digested slowly.

Take to prayer whatever speaks to you as you read: a word, a phrase, an idea.

You can download the readings of each day that are used for Mass.

This has the added benefit of connecting you with the liturgical seasons, e.g., Lent, Advent, etc.

The prayer of the Church composed of psalms, other scriptures, and some other readings is also very helpful. It is prayed every day by millions of people throughout the world.

It can be downloaded on ‘Universalis’.  It consists of morning prayer, midday prayer, evening prayer, night prayer, and office of readings.

Do not hesitate to talk to someone, e.g., parish priest, etc. if you need help to understand the scriptures better.

In today’s Gospel Jesus calls the disciples Simon, Andrew, James, and John to follow Him.  The left everything and followed Him.

What holds me back from following Jesus?


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