“For This Purpose I Have Come”

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels, with love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Mark 1:29-39  MK 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left 
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

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Galilee is the city of  Jesus’ first teaching and miracles in Mark’s Gospels.  In a tender gesture toward Simon’s mother -n-law that ignores any fear of touching the ill. Jesus “helped her up” , literally he “raised her up” (egeiro) a verb used in resurrection accounts. Her healing is a sign of the fullness of life in the Kingdom of God. Once healed, she “waited on them” – which carries a rich meaning. Her action is one of “service” (diakoneo) that describes Christian Ministry. Once healed, she participates in the mission of Jesus’ disciples. Jesus also shows a sovereign power over anything unholy [see reference] and continues to announce the Good news- that the Kingdom of God is present among them. 

 

Reference : Workbook For Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2018

 

 

Peace Be With You

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Awhile back, the angels asked me to post on Sundays about the Gospels. Here is the Gospel of John 20:19-23- with an angel guided message behind it. 

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On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

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This past Sunday we celebrated the Sunday of Pentecost, where we celebrate Jesus sending the Holy Spirit to the disciples, the Counselor, the Great Power from Heaven, and the Promise of the Father. Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter (including Easter Sunday) or seven weeks after Easter Sunday.  Here, the first fruits were given the Holy Spirit through Jesus, who had been glorified by the Father, to send The Spirit of God upon his disciples, from which thousands were converted and anointed with the Holy Spirit. In Jewish tradition, the original Pentecost commemorates God’s giving of the Ten Commandments (to Moses) at Mount Sinai, 49 days after the Exodus. The two celebrations are similar as in the New testament, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and split into fire upon each head, giving them authority over the New Covenant or the New Law, which converted, anointed and baptized hundreds of thousands of people to the new Church, and to the Body of Christ. 

This is not a day just for Christians, but for all to celebrate as God’s love is not measured to just Christians, but to that of all faiths who accept His Word delivered through His Son Jesus Christ. For all have received the Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus. ~the Archangels

Jesus remains with us to this day and this is a reason to rejoice- in Christ. “My Peace be with you” was to help the first fruits out of fear of the Jews, but also to help all who call upon His name. ~ the Angeles

Jesus wants all to live in His peace always. “Peace be with you” was spoken twice to the Apostles [see reference] who Jesus visited, to remind them of the Peace he shared then and now. For Jesus is with us always. ~ (in italics)-The angels

 

 

 {reference} Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word 2016

Peace I Leave With You; My Peace I Give To You

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Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. Here is a loving message from the Gospel of John 14:23-29 with a loving Angel guided message behind it. 

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.”

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Jesus’ words are eternal.The angels say this about Jesus’ Words: “They are not just “good guidance”, they are the words of Everlasting Life” – and will stand throughout time. 

Jesus here, is the first advocate of the disciples, teaching and mentoring them, freeing them of falsehoods, fears and biases. Now Jesus is about to surrender his life as this is his last meal with them. He is again, announcing that He is going to be with The Father. Jesus assures them they will lose nothing because another advocate, “The Holy Spirit”, will help them remember and understand all that Jesus taught them. Jesus equates love with keeping His Word . Anyone who keeps His Word receives the Father’s Love and becomes a living Tabernacle, a place where God can dwell. Those who do not keep His Word, do not love Him , because by rejecting the Word they reject the Father, who is the source of all that Jesus says. [see reference] 

Jesus affirms that The Father is Greater than he, and affirms that The Peace that flows from the Heavenly Father and from Christ Jesus flows without measure and dwells within us. Jesus gives us His Divine Peace. This can never be taken away as He gives ” not as the world gives” but as the Father gives. The Peace of Christ is eternal and overflowing;  and the Word and the Peace His gives- are all from God the Father in Heaven.  

Reference: Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word 2016