Daily Gospel (1537)
Gospel: Mk 2:23–28
One Sabbath he was walking through grain fields. As his disciples walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of
grain and crush them in their hands. Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look! They are doing what is forbidden on the Sabbath!”
And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did in his time of need, when he and his men were very hungry?
Gospel: Mk 1:12–15
Then the Spirit drove him into the desert. Jesus stayed in the desert forty days and was tempted by Satan. He was
with the wild animals, but angels ministered to him. After John was arrested, Jesus went
into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, “The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand.
Change your ways and believe the Good News.”
READ: After His baptism, Jesus was transported to the desert to strengthen
Himself for the coming ministry. When the voice of John was stifled because of
his arrest, Jesus continued the preaching of the Good News.
REFLECT: Jesus did not immediately plunge into the ministry when He is
baptized by John and proclaimed as the One sent by God. He chooses to go into
the desert to fortify Himself for the task ahead. For the greater the responsibility
is, the more we should do preparations to accomplish it. Jesus had to reckon
with what He brings to the ministry. It is coming to terms with one’s wild animals
and angels within. Getting to know them allows one to minimize the effect of
personal weakness and maximize the benefits of the strength and capacities.
It takes time to know, acknowledge and label each one of them. For some, the
forty days is a task of a life time. But we must not be afraid to enter into the quiet
school of our desert. It is only in there that we get to measure ourselves and chart
a program of self-growth and development. The desert is a friend.
RESPOND: In a world full of noise and haste, it is good to find a quiet time to
come to terms with our wild animals and angels. It is not a waste of time. It is a
good time spent for understanding ourselves. And having done so, we become
lighter for others to bear. For they don’t have to deal with our issues. We are
dealing with them ourselves in a mature and responsible way.
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Gospel: Mk 2:18–22
One day, when the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist were fasting, some people asked Jesus, “Why is it that
both the Pharisees and the disciples of John fast, but yours do not?” Jesus answered, “How can the wedding guests fast while the
bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the day will come when the
Gospel: Jn 1:35-42
On the following day, John was standing there again, with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and said, “There is the
Lamb of God.” On hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. He turned and saw them following, and he said to them, “What are you looking for?”
They answered, “Rabbi (which means Master), where are you staying?” Jesus said, “Come and see.” So they went and
saw where he stayed, and spent the rest of that day with him. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard what
John had said, and followed Jesus. Early the next morning, he found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means the Christ),
and he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas” (which means Rock).
READ: John publicly identifies Jesus as the “lamb of God.” Two of his disciples
immediately followed Jesus. And having seen the Lord up close and personal,
Andrew, who is one of the two, sought his brother Simon Peter and recruited
him for Jesus convinced that he at last found the Messiah of Israel. Simon Peter
would be identified by Jesus as the Rock without further clarifying what it means.
REFLECT: There are people who are not diminished when their importance
wanes. They are not insecure nor try to recapture their fading glory by
extraordinary means. These are the people who knows that their worth is not
on what they have, but on how they become after responding to their calling in
life. Honor, power and wealth do not matter. It is the sense of having done what
you are supposed to do with your life that is more important. John is one of these
blessed people of contentment. He did not stop his disciples when they decided
to follow Jesus. He was even instrumental in their departure from him when he
identified Jesus as the lamb of God. He is not jealous of the rising importance
of Jesus. He is not there to compete but to do God’s will. When our purpose is
clear, we are saved from many unwanted desires which are the source of pain.
John did what he was supposed to do. Because of this, no man born of a woman
is greater than John the Baptist (Mt. 11,11)
RESPOND: Let us spend time to know what is God’s purpose why He created
us. Knowing our mission in life narrows our search for meaning. And so, let us
begin with our name. What is the meaning of our name? Perhaps encapsulated
in that is our purpose in life. John’s name means “God is gracious.” He showed
God’s grace all the days of his life. That is why he is contented.
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Gospel: Mk 2:13–17
When Jesus went out again beside the lake, a crowd came to him, and he taught them. As he walked along, he saw a tax collector sitting in his office. This was Levi,
the son of Alpheus. Jesus said to him, “Follow me!” And Levi got up and followed him. And it so happened that when Jesus was eating in Levi’s house, tax collectors
Gospel: Mk 2:1–12
After some days Jesus returned to Capernaum. As the news spread that he was in the house, so many people gathered, that there was no longer room even outside the door.
While Jesus was preaching the Word to them, some people brought to him a paralyzed man. The four men who carried him couldn’t get near Jesus because of the crowd, so they
opened the roof above the room where Jesus was and, through the hole, lowered the man on his mat. When Jesus saw the faith of these people, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your
Gospel: Mk 1:40–45
A leper came to Jesus and begged him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.”Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do want to; be clean.” The leprosy left the man atonce and he was made clean.
As Jesus sent the man away, he sternly warned him,“Don’t tell anyone about this, but go and show yourself to the priest, and for the cleansing bring the offering ordered by Moses; in this way you will give to them your testimony.
”However, as soon as the man went out, he began spreading the news everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter any town. But even though he stayed in the rural areas, people came to him from everywhere.
The leper did not hesitate to ask theLord for healing. His condition did not make him ashamed or timid in front of God. This confidence in His mercy moves Jesus to respond in the sameway. As the leper draws near,
Jesus extended His hand in healing. Miracle is a dance between God and His creature. We must move forward to God in great faith and trust while God moves toward us in kindness and compassion.
When Creator and creature meet and touch, the latter is brought back to wholeness.
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On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the home of Simon and Andrew with James and John. As Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever, they immediately told him about her. Jesus went to her and,
taking her by the hand, raised her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening at sundown, people brought to Jesus all the sick and those who had evil spirits: the whole town was pressing
around the door. Jesus healed many who had various diseases, and drove out many demons; but he did not let them speak, for they knew who he was. Very early in the morning, before daylight,
Jesus went off to a lonely place where he prayed. Simon and the others went out also, searching for him; and when they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Let us go
to the nearby villages so that I may preach there too; for that is why I came.” So Jesus set out to preach in all the synagogues throughout Galilee; he also cast out demons.
Jesus’ life is characterized by many movements. One of that is lifting others as well as lifting Himself high to God in prayer.
When He came to Simon Peter’s house, he lifted the latter’s mother-inlaw to health and wholeness. He will do this to so many
people in His lifetime. The following day, He spent the early hours lifting Himself to His Father in prayer. No wonder He is strong.
He also seeks people and in the same breath, people also seek Him out. He invites His disciple to go to the neighboring towns
and villages that He may also preach to them. Yet, people also look for Him. They come in droves whenever they hear Him nearby.
Thus lifting up and seeking out are the two movements that characterizes Jesus in this gospel. May we have our own movements in life that
eventually lead us to Jesus as we lift ourselves up to Him in prayer, and to humanity as we seek them out in loving service.
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Gospel: Mk 1:21–28
They went into the town of Capernaum and Jesus taught in the synagogue on the sabbath day. 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 gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him!” And Jesus’ fame spread throughout all the country of Galilee.
There are many sources of authority. Some are derived from one’s position or responsibility while others come from the self.
Jesus spoke with authority. He walks the talk and consistently uphold what He believed, to the point of death.
His deep convictions translated in the actions of His life, made Him a Teacher in Words and in Deeds.
That is why even the evil spirits obey Him. His power is His integrity.
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Gospel: Mk 1:14–20
After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, “The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News.”
As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”
At once, they abandoned their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee; they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately Jesus called them
Gospel: Mk 1:7–11
He preached to the people, saying, “After me comes one who is more powerful than I am; I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.” At that time Jesus
came from Nazareth, a town of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And the moment he came up out of the water, heaven opened before him,
and he saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And these words were heard from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved, the One I have chosen.”
Gospel: Jn 3:22-30
After this, Jesus went into the territory of Judea with his disciples. He stayed there with them and baptized. John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, where water was plentiful; people came to him and were
baptized. This happened before John was put in prison. Now John’s disciples had been questioned by a Jew about spiritual cleansing, so they came to John and said, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across
the Jordan, and about whom you spoke favorably, is now baptizing, and all are going to him.” John answered, “No one can receive anything, except what has been given to him from heaven.
Gospel: Lk 5:12-16
One day, in another town, a man came to Jesus covered with leprosy. On seeing Jesus, the man bowed down to the ground, and said, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.” Stretching out his hand,
Jesus touched the man and said, “Yes, I want to. Be clean.” In an instant, the leprosy left him. Then Jesus instructed him, “Tell this to no one. But go, and show yourself to the priest. Make an offering for your healing,
as Moses prescribed; that will serve as evidence for them.” But the news about Jesus spread all the more; and large crowds came to him, to listen and to be healed of their sickness.
Gospel: Lk 4:14-22
Jesus acted with the power of the Spirit; and on his return to Galilee, the news about him spread throughout all that territory. He began teaching in the synagogues of the Jews and everyone praised him. When Jesus came to Nazareth,
where he had been brought up, he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, as he usually did. He stood up to read, and they handed him the book of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus then unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the
Lord is upon me. He has anointed me, to bring good news to the poor; to proclaim liberty to captives; and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed; and to announce the Lord’s year of mercy.” Jesus then rolled up the scroll, gave it to the