Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time-C
I Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5: The bridegroom rejoices in his bride.
II Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11: One and the same Spirit, who distribute gifts to different people just as he chooses.
Gospel: John 2:1-11: This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee.
Revelation 1: Creative Power, Jn 2:1-11
This was the first miraculous sing Jesus performed. It demonstrated His very purpose for coming to earth: to reveal the creative power of God. He had  the power to create and produce what was needed to meet human’s need.
1. Wedding in Cana of Galilee (v.1-2)
a. Time: The third day
b. Mary attended
c. Jesus and the disciples attended
2. The concern of Jesus’ creative power (v.3-5):Genesis-Creative Word of God-God’s creation
a. Mary’s social concern
b. Jesus’ deeper concern: To meet human’s spiritual need
c. Mary’s confidence in her Son
3. The revelation of Jesus’ creative power (v.6-8)
a. The materials: Water jars- used for cleaning and quenching thirst
b. The command: Prepare/fill the jar
c. The obedience: They drew water and experienced the creative power of Jesus
4. The results of Jesus’ creative power (v.9-11)
a. human’s need was met
b. Christ’s glory was revealed
c. The disciple’s faith was strengthened
Thought: Jesus graced and blessed the marriage because he was “invited…to the wedding.” Mary’s concern was a social concern and Jesus met the real needs of the people. Jesus, being the Son of God, the Messiah has the power to create anything which is good for the greater glory of God and salvation of humankind as the kingdom of God.

Saturday: 1st-Week in Ordinary Time-Year-C
I Reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-4.17-19.10:1: The Lord told Samuel, “That is the man of Whom I told you; Saul shall rule my people.”
Gospel: Mark 2:13-17: I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.
Jesus’ Impact upon Matthew & His Friends:
Reaching the Outcast & Sinner
Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. No matter how lost, how outcast, or how bad a sinner a person is, Jesus came to save the person.
1.    Jesus went out to the lake (v.13)
a.    The crowds gathered
b.    Jesus taught them
2.    Jesus called the outcast and the sinner (v.14)
a.    Passed by –saw Levi
b.    Called to abandon all
c.     Impact: He accepted the call; he left all
3.    Jesus associated with the outcast and sinner (v.15)
a.    Levi invited his associates and friends
b.    Jesus associated with them
c.     The impact: Many followed Him
4.    Jesus answered society’s attitude toward the outcast and sinner (v.16-17)
a.    The religionists questioned Jesus’ associations
b.    Jesus’ reply:
i.                An illustration
ii.              His very purpose: To call sinners and to save all and the world
Thought: There is enormous hope for every person, no matter how weak, unprincipled or undisciplined. The hope is Jesus Christ. The person can be born again-truly born again. The person can be re-created in Christ Jesus, made into a new person, a new creation.

Friday: 1st-Week in Ordinary Time-Year-C
I Reading: 1 Samuel 8:4-7.10-22: You will cry out on account of the king you have chosen for yourselves, but God will not answer you.
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12: The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.

Jesus’ Power to Forgive Sin and Its Impact: Forgiveness of Sin

The man who seeks forgiveness of sins truly seeks with a desperation that will not quit-will be forgiven. This is the great lesson learned from the man with palsy.
1.    Jesus returned to Capernaum many months later (v.1-2)
a.    Jesus had returned home
b.    Crowds heard and flooded the house immediately
c.     Jesus preached the Word
2.    The prerequisite to being forgiven (v.3-4)
a.    Coming to Jesus
b.    Possessing a sincere, desperate faith in Jesus’ power-a faith that will not quit
3.    The reality of being forgiven (v.5)
a.    Jesus saw faith
b.    Jesus forgave sins
4.    The question aroused by being forgiven (v.6-7)
a.    The religionists reasoned
b.    The religionists questioned: Who has the power to forgive?
5.    The source of being forgiven (v.8-11)
a.    Jesus revealed that he knew the hearts of men
b.    Jesus revealed his God-like wisdom and fearlessness
c.     Jesus stated his purpose: To prove his Messiahship, that he is the Son of Man
d.    Jesus proved that he had the power to  forgive sins
6.    The impact of being forgiven (v.12)
a.    The man walked before all-forgiven, healed
b.    The crowds marvelled
c.     The crowds praised God
Thought: Jesus has the power to forgive sins because He is truly the Son of God, the Messiah. A person becomes fool if he/she does not come to Jesus for forgiveness of sins.

Thursday: 1st-Week in Ordinary Time-Year-C
I Reading: 1 Samuel 4:1-11: Israel was defeated and the ark of God was captured.
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45: The leprosy left him and he was cured.

Jesus’ Power over Leprosy and Its Impact: Cleansing the most Unclean

Leprosy was the most feared disease of the ancient world. It was considered the result of the most terrible sins and punishment of God. Only God had the power to cure this disease. Now Jesus is showing his Messiahship and curing the most unclean.
1.    Jesus was the great hope of the most unclean (v.40)
2.    Jesus was moved with compassion by the most unclean (v.41-42)
a.    Moved to touched
b.    Moved to speak
c.     Result: It was His Word of power that cleansed and healed the most unclean
3.    Jesus warned the most unclean to go-sin no more (v.43)
4.    Jesus demanded that the most unclean witness to His Messiahship (v.44)
5.    Jesus made a great impact (v.45)
a.    The news spread
b.    His fame forced him to an unpopulated area

Thought: There is no real faith apart from obedience and work. Every time a person is truly cleansed from sin by the Son of God. A cleansed person becomes a living testimony and witness to the power of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday: 1st-Week in Ordinary Time-Year-C
I Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10.19-20: Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39: He cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another.
Jesus’ Power and Impact upon Each One: Caring for the Home and the Individual (1:29-31)
Jesus Christ cares for the individual and the home. His purpose of coming to earth was “to seek and to save what was lost” (Lk 19:10). His care, presence and power are available to any individual who will invite Him into their home. This glorious truth is demonstrated in Peter’s home.
1.    The worship of Jesus brought his presence (v.29)
2.    The presence of Jesus brought hope to a house (v.30)
3.    The presence of Jesus brought healing and help to a house (v.31)
4.    The presence of Jesus brought devotion and service to a house (v.31)

Jesus Power and Impact upon People in the Streets: Caring for the Whole World (1:32-34)

The world is a paradox. It is filled with both good and evil, and this is seen very clearly at every hand. No matter how much people long for a perfect world, they discover that their world is desperately sick, a world...
That is so beautiful, yet so corrupt, love-hate, life-death, desires-deprives many, plenty-starving, peace-war, health-sick.... etc.
Two things are desperately needed in a sick world:
i.                Hearing the Good News that Jesus has the power to help.
ii.              Coming to Jesus for help. The Son of God has the power to help and solve the problems of the world which we can’t do it.
1.    Jesus was and can be approached at all hours (v.32)
2.    Jesus was and is to be acknowledged as compassionate (v.32)
3.    Jesus did and does have an open door for all (v.33)
4.    Jesus did and will have compassion (v.34)
a.    He healed and will heal
b.    He restrained and will restrain evil spirits

Jesus’ Source of Power and Its Impact: What is the Source of Power (1:35-39)

Where does the servant of God get power? This passage reveals in unmistakeable terms the source of Jesus’ power.
1.    Jesus’ sense of prayer (v.35)
a.    When: Morning-very early, while it was still dark
b.    Where: Solitary place
c.     Why: Three reasons
2.    Jesus’ sense of a world-wide mission (v.36-38)
3.    Jesus’ faithfulness (v.39)
a.    Preached everywhere
b.    Healed-cast out demons

Thought: God will continue to give His power to the messenger who continues to be faithful. He cannot give licence to disobedience. A divided house cannot stand (Mt 12:25-26).

Tuesday: 1st-Week in Ordinary Time-Year-C
I Reading: 1 Samuel 1:9-20: The Lord was mindful of Hannah and she gave birth to Samuel.
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28: He taught them with authority.
Jesus’ Teaching and Its Impact: Launching a New Ministry (1:21-22)
Jesus is launching a new ministry in the very beginning with his authority which is very important for the believer as he goes forth serving his Lord.
1.    Jesus began with worship: Immediately-in the Synagogue (v.21)
2.    Jesus seized the opportunity to teach (v.21)
3.    Jesus amazed the crowd (v.22)
a.    His teaching (v.14-15)
b.    His authority

Jesus’ Power over Evil Spirits and Its Impact: Delivering the Most Enslaved (1:23-28)
People can be delivered from all the forces of evil by the power of Jesus. Jesus has the power to deliver man (Rom 8:31; 1Jn 4:4; Mt 8:28-34; 17:14-21; Lk 8:26-39)
1.    Picture 1: The need of the possessed man (v.23-24)
a.    He was in the synagogue: nobody helped him or cured him
b.    He raged and cried out, sensed and recoiled from purity
c.     He identified Jesus
2.    Picture 2: The Power of Jesus (v.25-26)
a.    Jesus rebuked the evil spirit
b.    The evil spirit obeyed
3.    Picture 3: The impact upon people (v.27-28)
a.    The people were amazed
b.    The people questioned: What power, what new revelation (teaching) is this?
c.     The people spread his fame
Thought: knowing that Jesus is the Holy One of God is not enough. A person has to believe in the power of Jesus Christ and love him and live a clean and pure heart.
One of the major purposes of Jesus in confronting evil spirits was to prove his Messiahship (Mt 8:28-34). He is the Messiah.

Monday: 1st-Week in Ordinary Time-Year-C
I Reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-8: Hannah’s rival would taunt her because the Lord had made her barren.
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20: Repent and believe the Good News.
Jesus Christ and His Message: The Good News of God, 1:14-15
The Good News of the Gospel includes three emphatic points.
1. Jesus preached the Good News of God (v.14)
a. In Galilee
b. After John was put in prison
2. The time has come (v.15)
3. The kingdom of God is near (v.15)
4. Repent and believe (v.15)

Jesus Christ and His Disciples: The Kind of Person Called, Mk 1:16-20

Jesus called simple men. Note  that they were not religious leaders, powerful men, not the political leaders of the nation’s ruling body, the Sanhedrin (Mt 26:59), of the priestly or ministerial profession, students in the schools of higher learning.
Why did Jesus called them instead of calling the more gifted persons? They did have some special qualities which are illustrated here. See Mt 4:18-22 for additional thoughts on all these points.
1. They were industrious, hard-working men with unity, integrity, repairing or mending or reconciliation or forgiveness and understanding  (v.16)
2. They were visionary men: Looking for the Messiah and ready to follow him (v.17-18)
a. Their call
b. Their response: immediate and costly-gave up their business
3. They were cooperative men (v.19): working together with father and brothers who are grown up even after married life.
4. They were successful, but sacrificial and considerate men (v.20)
Thought: Jesus calls a person to a life of work, not to a life of ease and comfort. He calls a person to invest his life, not a waste of his life. (Lk 9:23-24; Jn 9:4; 1 Cor 4:2; Eccl 9:10)

Monday, 7 January 2019

First Sunday in Ordinary Time- Year C
I.               Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11: The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all mankind shall see it.
II.            II. Reading: Titus 2:11-14. 3:4-7: He saved us by the cleansing water of re-birth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit.
Gospel: Luke 3:15-16. 21-22: While Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer, heaven opened.
The Baptism of Jesus: Obedience and God’s Approval, Lk 3:21-22
Jesus’ baptism pictures what happens when a person makes a decision for God. Baptism is both obeying God and securing God’s approval. This is why Jesus was baptized, and it is why we are to be baptized.
1. Jesus’ Obedience (v.21)
a. Obedient along with the people
b. Obedient in prayer
2. God’s sings of approval (v.22)
a. The heavens were opened
b. The Spirit descended
c. The voice of God spoke
Thought: Every person should respond to the gospel of God. That is, he/she should seek God to forgive his/her sins, repent, and be baptized. This is God’s will for every person. All should obey God fulfil all righteousness. Baptism is an act of obedience; it is obeying God right along with other believers. God’s own Son had to obey Him; He had to be baptized as a sign of obedience to God. When we genuinely obey God and are baptized, God is pleased. We also secure His approval in the same three ways:
i. God opens heaven up to us and gives us a very special sense of His presence and we are cleansed of sins.
ii. God manifests and reveals His Spirit to us.
iii. God’s Word is heard. He continues to speak to us day by day as we seek His will in the Bible and prayer (Rev. 3:20; 1Jn 1:3).
Thought: God meets the needs of His servants for assurance. He sees to it that we know His Will and gives assurance that we are doing His Will. He speaks to our hearts and gives signs of approval and encouragement. Every true believer is commissioned and empowered by God’s Spirit to do the work of God.

Saturday after Epiphany, 12 January
I. Reading: 1John 5:14-21: Whatever we may ask, he hears us.
Gospel: John 3:22-30: The bridegroom’s friend is glad when he hears the bridegroom’s voice.
The Revelation of Jesus, The New Master, Jn 3:22-36
This passage points that Jesus Christ as the New Master, the One whom God has set before man as the only Master worthy of serving.
1. The setting for the revelation (v.22-26)
a. Jesus and His disciples were baptizing in Judaea
b. John and his disciples were baptizing close by
c. Two basic questions of life
  1) who really purifies man’s heart?
  2) who is the supreme Master?
2. Answer 1: Jesus alone was God’s appointed Messiah (v.27-28)
a. God alone appoints men
b. God had not appointed John as the Messiah, but as the forerunner
3. Answer 2: Jesus alone was the Bridegroom (v.29-30)
a. He is the One by whom the friend stands
b. He is the voice that is to be heard
c. He is the cause of joy
d. He is the only object of loyalty
4. Answer 3: Jesus alone was from above-from heaven (v.31)
a. Meaning: “Out of”
b. Result: Jesus is above all
5. Answer 4: Jesus alone was God’s spokesman (v.32-34)
a. He testifies
b. some reject
c. Some accept and seal His testimony
d. Proof: Sent from God and speaks God’s Word
6. Answer 5: Jesus alone had the Spirit without limit (v.34)
7. Answer 6: Jesus alone determines man’s destiny (v.35-36)
a. To believe Him brings eternal life
b. Not to obey Him brings wrath
Thought: Only Christ can cleanse and purify a man’s heart and give him true cleansing from sin. 
The true servants of God are appointed to their service and ministry by God.