A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Friday 12 January

1 Samuel 8:4-8, 10-22; Psalm 89; Mark 2:1-12
Jesus is full of surprises
The grass is greener on the other side of the fence. So they say! Isn’t it amazing that we often want what other people have. In today’s first reading, Samuel is getting old, so the people ask for a king to lead them. After all, every other nation has a king. But they already have God to lead them and Samuel warns that a king’s reign brings problems. In our Gospel, the paralytic got a lot more than he and his carriers expected; physical healing and forgiveness for his sins. Jesus offers much more than the greenery beyond the fence.

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