Mark 6: 1-2 Jesus left
there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the
Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him
word ‘disciple’ comes from the Latin word for ‘pupil’ or
‘learner’. Here disciple is someone who has chosen to follow
the teachings and practices of Jesus. In John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the
Jews who believed Him, ‘if you hold to my teaching, you are really my
disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you
free.’ Jesus sent out His disciples to preach the good news to all the
earth and continue the teaching He had begun. As Christians, we are meant
to follow in this path, continuing to spread the good news to all. It
could mean treating those around us with the same love Christ had, it
could mean teaching others about the good news, giving to those less
fortunate, or praising and worshipping Christ.
a disciple is being a witness for Jesus Christ. However, without faith,
being a disciple is next to impossible. In Mark 6:6 Jesus was amazed at
the crowds’ lack of faith. How many more miracles could He have performed
if their faith was greater? Whether He was a carpenter or not, their lack
of faith prevented them from seeing the fullness of Christ’s potential.
The crowds did not expect a carpenter to have such wisdom, or the ability
to teach such truth. Do we not do this ourselves? Do we not have a
preconceived notion of how things in life should be? But if we had faith,
how much more would we see from Christ?
a disciple is sharing the knowledge of Christ and the love we receive
from Him with others. In Mathew 5:16 it says ‘In the same way, let your
light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify
your Father in Heaven’. We are not meant to keep Christ’s love a secret;
instead as disciples we are to share it with those around us. We are to
be witnesses for Christ in this world.
Dear Lord, we thank You for
filling us with the Holy Spirit and trusting us to be fishers of men. We
pray that You help us be good witnesses for You on this earth so that
more people will come to know You through us. Amen.
Constant, patient and welcoming love of God St. Luke 15: 11-32 V.21: And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ The parable of the ‘Prodigal son’ is one of the most frequently quoted parables that Jesus told His disciples. The parable contains the rich mine of human virtues and emotions. This parable is lived and re-lived in progressing civilizations from time immemorial and continuing. It brings out in vivid detail the pathetic depth of human sinfulness and the glorious heights of God’s forgiveness. As a story of human nature, fathers are generally merciful to their children in any circumstance. They are very protective and are eager to provide for and secure the lives of their offspring. Jesus is telling this parable to underscore the superlative love of God to His children. The nature of such love is reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 7:11. Humankind who are evil by nature, give good gifts t
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