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The kingdom of God is at hand

1 Peter 1:15-16: Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, we come before you meaningful and how great the remoteness is between your holiness and our commonness. We thank you for making us holy during the sacrifice of Jesus and by sending your Holy Spirit to live inside of us. Please accept our life today as a holy offering to you. We pray in the name of Infant Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (January 10, 2011)
Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading:  Heb 1:1-6
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 97:1&2b,6&7c,9.
Gospel:  Mark 1:14-20.
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Mark 1:14-20.)
What is the empire of God? The word "kingdom" means amazing more than a country or an area of land. It exactly means "sovereignty" or "supremacy" and the power to "rule" and exercise power. In the Book of Daniel we are told that this realm is given to the Son of Man and to the saints. The Son of Man is a Messianic heading for God's anointed King. God sent us his Son not to set up an earthly kingdom but to bring us into his heavenly empire – a kingdom ruled by truth, impartiality, peace, and sanctity. The kingdom of God is the central theme of Jesus' assignment. It's the core of his gospel communication. The prophets announced that God would institute a kingdom not just for one nation or people but for the whole world. The scriptures inform us that God's throne is in heaven and his law is over all. When Jesus sermons the gospel message he called others to follow as his disciples and he gave them a assignment – "to catch people for the empire of God". They were non-professionals, had no prosperity or position. They were chosen from the ordinary people who did ordinary things, had no special teaching, and no social reward. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take a task and do it unusually well. He chose these individuals, not for what they were, but for what they would be able of becoming under his direction and authority. What kind of disciples did he decide? stinking fishermen! In the choice of the initial apostles we see a feature of Jesus' work: he chose very ordinary people. When the Lord calls us to hand round, we must not think we have not anything to offer. The Lord takes what common people, like us, can offer and uses it for immensity in his empire. Do you believe that God wants to work throughout and in you for his splendor?


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