January 14, 2018
Your body is a temple of
the Holy Spirit within you.
— 1 Corinthians 6:19a
Dear Parish Family,
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter after Simon made his public profession of faith that Jesus was the Son of God. Neither Mark nor Luke describe how Peter’s name was changed. Today we heard that when Jesus first met Andrew’s brother Simon, he immediately changed his name to Cephas, Peter, the rock.
There are other parts of Jesus’ life which John describes differently than the three other gospel writers. According to Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus drove out the money changers and traders in the temple area soon after his triumphant arrival in Jerusalem, just before his death and resurrection. John describes that scene near the beginning of his gospel. When Jesus was arrested on the night of Holy Thursday, the disciples run for their lives in Matthew’s, Mark’s and Luke’s gospels. In John’s gospel, Jesus asked those who arrested him to let his followers go.
Though there are some differences in the details of Jesus’ life in the four gospels, the message remains the same; that Jesus, the Lamb of God, lived with us to take away our sins and bring us back to God.
I will be away from Friday, January 19,
and will return on Tuesday, February 6.
In the Word,
First Reading — Speak, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19).
Psalm — Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will (Psalm 40).
Second Reading — Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you? (1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20).
Gospel — Andrew found his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus (John 1:35-42).
Readings for the Week
Mon: 1 Sm 15:16-23; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mk 2:18-22
Tues: 1 Sm 16:1-13; Ps 89:20-22, 27-28; Mk 2:23-28
Wed: 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Mk 3:1-6
Thurs: 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7; Ps 56:2-3, 9-13; Mk 3:7-12
Fri: 1 Sm 24:3-21; Ps 57:2-4, 6, 11; Mk 3:13-19
Sat: 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Ps 80:2-3, 5-7; Mk 3:20-21
Sun: Jon 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25:4-9; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20