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DAILY READINGS & REFLECTION Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time (January 18) "We never saw anything like this!" GOSPEL Mark 2:1-12

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1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and …More
1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven."

6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 "Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk'? 10 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" he said to the paralytic 11 "I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." 12 And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

The Gospel of the Lord
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REFLECTION

Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Reverse your relation with sickness, by Peter Chrysologus (400-450 AD)

"Take up your bed. Carry the very mat that once carried you. Change places, so that what was the proof of your sickness may now give testimony to your soundness. Your bed of pain becomes the sign of healing, its very weight the measure of the strength that has been restored to you."

(excerpt from HOMILY 50.6)
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FIRST READING

Hebrews 4:1-5, 11

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest remains, let us fear lest any of you be judged to have failed to reach it.2 For good news came to us just as to them; but the message which they heard did not benefit them, because it did not meet with faith in the hearers.3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, "As I swore in my wrath, `They shall never enter my rest,'" although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way, "And God rested on the seventh day from all his works."5 And again in this place he said, "They shall never enter my rest."11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience.
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RESPONSORIAL PSALM

PSALM 77(78):3-4, 6-7, 8

Response: Do not forget the works of the Lord!

What we have heard and know,
and what our fathers have declared to us,
we will declare to the generation to come
The glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength.

R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!

That they too may rise and declare to their sons
that they should put their hope in God,
And not forget the deeds of God
but keep his commands.

R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!

And not be like their fathers,
a generation wayward and rebellious,
A generation that kept not its heart steadfast
nor its spirit faithful toward God.

R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!