Today's mass reading from the Bible January/29/2012 (Sunday catholic church Scripture, day daily word of God liturgy)

First Reading: Deuteronomy 18: 15 - 20

15 "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren -- him you shall heed --
16 just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, `Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, or see this great fire any more, lest I die.'
17 And the LORD said to me, `They have rightly said all that they have spoken.
18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.
19 And whoever will not give heed to my words which he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.'

Psalms 95: 1 - 2, 6 - 9

1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would hearken to his voice!
8 Harden not your hearts, as at Mer'ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7: 32 - 35

32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord;
33 but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife,
34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband.
35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 21 - 28

21 And they went into Caper'na-um; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit;
24 and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God."
25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!"
26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching! With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him."
28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Sermon - Homily By Sr.Francine

Marc describes here a day "type" actions by showing us four characteristics of Jesus' ministry as, after him, of the Church: 1 teaches, 2 ° it releases evil spirits. I have to do this every day with Jesus. This is my typical day as a Christian.
Jesus teaches
Marc does not relate what Jesus said, but he sees that "all were amazed at this teaching." Jesus is the Word of God is said to men. It is impressive because it does not repeat the sentences learned, but he speaks from experience. He is the "indicator" of the Father. He is a man of depth that puts live with God ..
Am I myself a "scribe" or someone hired, who talks about what he saw, who has internalized the Word of God by making it really his?
Jesus frees
By design, we then introduced Mark as a miracle the first expulsion of the devil. The young rabbi is not a country doctor. When he declares that the kingdom of God has come with it is that is also the end of another reign, that of Satan. For him, it being a personal and spiritual, intelligent and perverse, insidious and dangerous.
Certainly, a part of the evil of the universe comes from natural causes, accidents that do not depend on us. Creation is not finished. The scandal that we experience when we accuse God of having a world badly built is that we dare not believe in the merits that the success of our lives takes place in the afterlife. Almost as if we blame an architect mud and scrap the construction site, without waiting for the house completed. The first disease that comes from the imperfection and incompleteness of the world, we must do everything to fight against.
But there is also another level of evil is sin. Not the evil we experience, but that we do. Every time a release said "no" to God, it increases the evil in our world already marked by natural imperfections.
But we must go further and recognize us and around us, the dark forces that are beyond us, and that Jesus has overcome. Obviously if we free ourselves from the imaging science of pre tympanum of our medieval cathedrals. But how can we be so blind not to see the evil that dominates us, and we are not fully responsible: the hubris, the cold violence, the sadistic torture, these aberrant sexualities which defile our humanity ...
Am I willing to live my Christian life with Jesus as a great liberation struggle? I should not be surprised to be the unleashing of the forces opposing the extent that I remain faithful to Jesus. What alienation, what harm have I to free myself and free myself?
Jesus has the power of God, even today:
- A message he teaches nine, for an authoritative word;
- It releases by "signs", by the sacraments that save us.In the sacrament of baptism, we have been "exorcised" by Jesus. And this sacramental sign is updated in each Eucharist where Jesus speaks to us and deliver us from evil. -- Sr.Francine

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