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Fr Patrick McCafferty


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'The Lord Jesus, in Capernaum, cast out demons and healed many people, including Simon Peter's mother in law (Mark 1:29-39).'

'The Lord Jesus, in Capernaum, cast out demons and healed many people, including Simon Peter's mother in law (Mark 1:29-39).'

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'The Lord Jesus, in Capernaum, cast out demons and healed many people, including Simon Peter's mother in law (Mark 1:29-39).'

Many of us are reading St Mark's Gospel currently at Sunday worship.

The Lord Jesus, in Capernaum, cast out demons and healed many people, including Simon Peter's mother in law (Mark 1:29-39).

At sunset, the whole town came crowding around the door of where He was staying.

After a busy night, He goes away by Himself, long before dawn, to pray.

When Simon and the other disciples find Him, they say: "Everyone is looking for you." But He replies: "Let us go elsewhere... that I may preach there, too, because that is why I came" (Mark 1:38).

He came to preach. He is the Word who makes known the Father's love. He has come to bring fire to the Earth (Luke 12:49) - the fire of the Holy Spirit, who sets our hearts aflame with the illumination that God loves us.

The word "preach" is derived from the Latin "dicere" (to declare) and "prae" (before).

The Lord "declares before" all humanity the Good News that we are loved with an infinite love by God.

At the core of this declaration of Good News is the invitation to follow Jesus to eternal life. To go with Him to the Father's House (John 14:1-4) and to be with Him where He is (John 17:24).

To be filled forever with the same Joy and Love of the Father and the Son, who is God the Holy Spirit.

God the Father sends His son to draw us into the infinite depths of His Love. Through God's Spirit, living in our hearts now, eternal life has already begun.

When we respond now - for the day of salvation is always now (2 Corinthians 6:2) - the life we shall enjoy in Heaven begins right now.

What we "hear" now, we shall "see" there. For "as we have heard (on Earth), so we shall see in the City of our God" (Psalm 48:8).

By faith and in the grace of the Holy Spirit, we "harken to His voice" (Psalm 95:7), the Shepherd who pastures us to eternal life (John 10:27-30).

"Where do you pasture your flock, my beloved? Where does it rest at noon?" (Song of Songs 1:7).

"The pasture of the saints is to see God." (St Gregory the Great).

We shall see Him as He really is. (1 John 3:2). We shall stay with Him forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

Belfast Telegraph


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