Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read about doing something radical. Jesus teaches us to love our enemies. We also hear of the story of the centurion who asks for Jesus to heal his servant. The centurion knows that he is unworthy even as others think he is worthy. We are not worthy of God’s love but we need it. God is good and he gives us what he needs. At times it is easy to forget our profound worthiness before the Lord and focus on our sinfulness and brokenness.
In baptism, God adopts us as his beloved sons and daughters and we have been raised to be greater than even John the Baptist. This is because God’s grace is within us.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 It happened that one Sabbath he was walking through the cornfields, and his disciples were picking ears of corn, rubbing them in their hands and eating them.
4 how he went into the house of God and took the loaves of the offering and ate them and gave them to his followers, loaves which the priests alone are allowed to eat?’
5 And he said to them, ‘The Son of man is master of the Sabbath.’
8 But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and stand out in the middle!’ And he came forward and stood there.
12 Now it happened in those days that he went onto the mountain to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.
15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot,
16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.
17 He then came down with them and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples, with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
20 Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said: How blessed are you who are poor: the kingdom of God is yours.
23 Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, look!-your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.
27 ‘But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
30 Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from someone who takes it.
34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to get money back, what credit can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount.
35 Instead, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
38 Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.’
42 How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out that splinter in your eye,” when you cannot see the great log in your own? Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter in your brother’s eyes.
45 Good people draw what is good from the store of goodness in their hearts; bad people draw what is bad from the store of badness. For the words of the mouth flow out of what fills the heart.
48 Such a person is like the man who, when he built a house, dug, and dug deep, and laid the foundations on rock; when the river was in flood it bore down on that house but could not shake it, it was so well built.
49 But someone who listens and does nothing is like the man who built a house on soil, with no foundations; as soon as the river bore down on it, it collapsed; and what a ruin that house became!’
1 When he had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he went into Capernaum.
2 A centurion there had a servant, a favourite of his, who was sick and near death.
4 When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with him saying, ‘He deserves this of you,
5 because he is well disposed towards our people; he built us our synagogue himself.’
6 So Jesus went with them, and was not very far from the house when the centurion sent word to him by some friends to say to him, ‘Sir, do not put yourself to any trouble because I am not worthy to have you under my roof;
12 Now when he was near the gate of the town there was a dead man being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople was with her.
13 When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her and said to her, ‘Don’t cry.’
18 The disciples of John gave him all this news, and John, summoning two of his disciples,
19 sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect someone else?’
20 When the men reached Jesus they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, “Are you the one who is to come or are we to expect someone else?” ‘
22 Then he gave the messengers their answer, ‘Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, those suffering from virulent skin-diseases are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, the good news is proclaimed to the poor;
23 and blessed is anyone who does not find me a cause of falling.’
25 ‘What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swaying in the breeze? No! Then what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who go in magnificent clothes and live luxuriously are to be found at royal courts!
27 he is the one of whom scripture says: Look, I am going to send my messenger in front of you to prepare your way before you.
32 They are like children shouting to one another while they sit in the market place: We played the pipes for you, and you wouldn’t dance; we sang dirges, and you wouldn’t cry.
33 ‘For John the Baptist has come, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, “He is possessed.”
34 The Son of man has come, eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”
35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.’
36 One of the Pharisees invited him to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table,
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who this woman is and what sort of person it is who is touching him and what a bad name she has.’
40 Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ He replied, ‘Say on, Master.’
42 They were unable to pay, so he let them both off. Which of them will love him more?’
43 Simon answered, ‘The one who was let off more, I suppose.’ Jesus said, ‘You are right.’
44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘You see this woman? I came into your house, and you poured no water over my feet, but she has poured out her tears over my feet and wiped them away with her hair.
47 For this reason I tell you that her sins, many as they are, have been forgiven her, because she has shown such great love. It is someone who is forgiven little who shows little love.’
50 But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’
1 Now it happened that after this he made his way through towns and villages preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve,
8 And some seed fell into good soil and grew and produced its crop a hundredfold.’ Saying this he cried, ‘Anyone who has ears for listening should listen!’
12 Those on the edge of the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and carries away the word from their hearts in case they should believe and be saved.
13 Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear it, welcome the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of trial they give up.
14 As for the part that fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and never produce any crops.
16 ‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, it is put on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in.
21 But he said in answer, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’
28 Catching sight of Jesus he gave a shout, fell at his feet and cried out at the top of his voice, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? I implore you, do not torture me.’
29 For Jesus had been telling the unclean spirit to come out of the man. It had seized on him a great many times, and then they used to secure him with chains and fetters to restrain him, but he would always break the fastenings, and the devil would drive him out into the wilds.
33 The devils came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd charged down the cliff into the lake and was drowned.
35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus they found the man from whom the devils had gone out sitting at the feet of Jesus, wearing clothes and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
36 Those who had witnessed it told them how the man who had been possessed came to be saved.
37 The entire population of the Gerasene territory was in great fear and asked Jesus to leave them. So he got into the boat and went back.
38 The man from whom the devils had gone out asked to be allowed to stay with him, but he sent him away saying,
40 On his return Jesus was welcomed by the crowd, for they were all there waiting for him.
41 And suddenly there came a man named Jairus, who was president of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and pleaded with him to come to his house,
42 because he had an only daughter about twelve years old, who was dying. And the crowds were almost stifling Jesus as he went.
43 Now there was a woman suffering from a haemorrhage for the past twelve years, whom no one had been able to cure.
46 But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched me. I felt that power had gone out from me.’
47 Seeing herself discovered, the woman came forward trembling, and falling at his feet explained in front of all the people why she had touched him and how she had been cured at that very moment.
48 ‘My daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has saved you; go in peace.’
49 While he was still speaking, someone arrived from the house of the president of the synagogue to say, ‘Your daughter has died. Do not trouble the Master any further.’
51 When he came to the house he allowed no one to go in with him except Peter and John and James, and the child’s father and mother.
52 They were all crying and mourning for her, but Jesus said, ‘Stop crying; she is not dead, but asleep.’
55 And her spirit returned and she got up at that very moment. Then he told them to give her something to eat.
56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
1 Snow no more befits the summer, nor rain the harvest-time, than honours befit a fool.
2 As the sparrow escapes, and the swallow flies away, so the undeserved curse will never hit its mark.