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Jesus Christ is the Answer - the Gospel is the Solution - Gospel of Saint Mark 9:38-43, 47-48
Jesus Christ is the Answer - the Gospel is the Solution
Jesus Christ is the Answer - the Gospel is the Solution
Jesus Christ is the Answer - the Gospel is the Solution
 
 
 

 
 

Christ heals a man possessed in the synagogue of Capernaum; Roman fresco in the former Läuthaus of Lambach Abbey, Austria; commons.wikimedia.org

 
 

Gospel according to Saint Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

At that time, John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
Amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’"


Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year: Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; September 30, 2018



For those of us who have been gifted with faith, that’s everyone here, it’s impossible for us to be indifferent to Jesus Christ, or to forget Jesus Christ, or not to make Jesus Christ our first and foremost priority all the time. And that is exactly what Jesus Christ our Lord is trying to teach us in today’s Gospel.

With hearts filled with faith Jesus Christ is always on the top of our "To Do" list everyday. With hearts full of faith, our focus primarily has to be on Jesus Christ every day. And with hearts full of faith we cannot allow anything to come between us and our Lord Jesus Christ every day. Jesus Christ our Lord was a man of his times. He was a teacher, a rabbi and so He was familiar with teaching methods that were used in His time and were very popular, and always brought about results. And one of those methods of teaching that our Lord continuously and always used was rhetoric. Rhetoric!

In the antique world people actually, (well men) actually went off to school to study rhetoric and to be trained in rhetoric. Rhetoric was a very important art form. It was a very useful skill to know and to use in the antique world. Rhetoric was the instruction of the use of language in order to persuade someone over to your point of view.

In the days of our Lord Jesus Christ there were no civil lawyers, as such. If you had a problem, if you had a legal problem, you went before the judge yourself and you presented your case, and you hoped for a favorable judgment. If you had a little money you could hire a rhetor, who had been skilled in and trained in rhetoric, who would use exaggerated, dramatic, theatrical, inflated speech to try to win the judge over to his client’s position. And so, rhetors were very valuable people in the antique world and rhetors were looked upon as very skilled people and indeed they were, because they had a wonderful use and training in language.

Good teachers of the day used rhetoric to try to make a point to their disciples, and Jesus our Lord, as a rabbi, used rhetoric to try to make a point to His disciples, and there is a wonderful example of that in today’s Gospel. He says, point blank, if your foot is getting in the way of your relationship to Me and to God, get rid of it - that’s rhetoric. Our Lord certainly does not want us to cut off our feet, or pluck out our eyes. or cut off our hands. Our Lord is trying to make a point: we cannot allow anything to get in our way to be obstacles to our relationship with Him on a daily basis.

We can’t make anything more important on a daily basis than our loving relationship with Jesus Christ, who wants to embrace us every single day, all day long, spiritually.

And yet, because we are humans, we let all kinds of things become obstacles to our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. They can be material things. They can be emotional things. They can be intellectual things. But you and I are prone to focus on something else other than our Lord Jesus Christ every day because we are human beings, and we are limited, and we are defective.

Jesus says: try not to do that; try not to let anything get in the way of My relationship with you and your relationship with Me because I am the source of your Truth. I am the source your Strength. I am the source of your Hope. I am the source of your Light. I am the source of your Peace.

And so He uses examples: these rather dramactic, rhetorical examples to demonstrate that to us, such as cutting off one’s hand and one’s foot and plucking out one’s eyes. Those are rhetorical examples.

But He says today to us: if your cell phone is getting in the way of My relationship to you and your relationship to Me, put it aside for a while. If your fear, your unfounded fear is getting in the way of your relationship to Me and My relationship with you, pray to God’s Holy Spirit to have it removed. If your anxiety about finances is distracting you from believing that I can do for you what you cannot do for yourself, and God will always take care of you through Me, get rid of it. We all at various times, in various ways, allow other things to block our direct relationship with Jesus Christ, whom we believe with hearts filled with faith is the Answer.

Jesus Christ is the Answer. The Gospel is the Solution. Nothing else - no rationalizations, no judgments - those are not the solutions.

The solutions are in the Gospel through Jesus Christ. Those are the solutions to our problems. And, all we have to do on a daily basis is lay our problems at the feet of Jesus Christ, the Sacred Heart, who loves us so much. And Jesus Christ will take care of us.

And our job is simply to do the next right thing that is in front of us today to do and not be distracted by anxiety, worry, material things - but rather to focus completely on Jesus Christ, trusting that when we do the next right thing that is in front of us to do Jesus walks with us, guides us, sustains us and supports us with his divine strength and love. And He, and He alone will see us through. Nothing else can be better for us than our Lord Jesus Christ. And, when we rely on other things first, we make a terrible, spiritual mistake.

And today’s Gospel is a reminder of that. Today’s Gospel is calling us back and inviting us to look into our lives, to look into our hearts, to look into our minds, to look into our souls and see what’s cluttering them. What is cluttering up our spiritual life?

And then to ask for the courage of the Holy Spirit to remove those things. To make them at least second or third or fourth on our list of things to do every day and to move Jesus Christ up to the first place. And when we do that, then we can be recipients of His Grace, of His Help and of His Hope.



 

Gospel according to Saint Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

At that time, John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
Amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’"


Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year: Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; September 30, 2018



For those of us who have been gifted with faith, that’s everyone here, it’s impossible for us to be indifferent to Jesus Christ, or to forget Jesus Christ, or not to make Jesus Christ our first and foremost priority all the time. And that is exactly what Jesus Christ our Lord is trying to teach us in today’s Gospel.

With hearts filled with faith Jesus Christ is always on the top of our "To Do" list everyday. With hearts full of faith, our focus primarily has to be on Jesus Christ every day. And with hearts full of faith we cannot allow anything to come between us and our Lord Jesus Christ every day. Jesus Christ our Lord was a man of his times. He was a teacher, a rabbi and so He was familiar with teaching methods that were used in His time and were very popular, and always brought about results. And one of those methods of teaching that our Lord continuously and always used was rhetoric. Rhetoric!

In the antique world people actually, (well men) actually went off to school to study rhetoric and to be trained in rhetoric. Rhetoric was a very important art form. It was a very useful skill to know and to use in the antique world. Rhetoric was the instruction of the use of language in order to persuade someone over to your point of view.

In the days of our Lord Jesus Christ there were no civil lawyers, as such. If you had a problem, if you had a legal problem, you went before the judge yourself and you presented your case, and you hoped for a favorable judgment. If you had a little money you could hire a rhetor, who had been skilled in and trained in rhetoric, who would use exaggerated, dramatic, theatrical, inflated speech to try to win the judge over to his client’s position. And so, rhetors were very valuable people in the antique world and rhetors were looked upon as very skilled people and indeed they were, because they had a wonderful use and training in language.

Good teachers of the day used rhetoric to try to make a point to their disciples, and Jesus our Lord, as a rabbi, used rhetoric to try to make a point to His disciples, and there is a wonderful example of that in today’s Gospel. He says, point blank, if your foot is getting in the way of your relationship to Me and to God, get rid of it - that’s rhetoric. Our Lord certainly does not want us to cut off our feet, or pluck out our eyes. or cut off our hands. Our Lord is trying to make a point: we cannot allow anything to get in our way to be obstacles to our relationship with Him on a daily basis.

We can’t make anything more important on a daily basis than our loving relationship with Jesus Christ, who wants to embrace us every single day, all day long, spiritually.

And yet, because we are humans, we let all kinds of things become obstacles to our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. They can be material things. They can be emotional things. They can be intellectual things. But you and I are prone to focus on something else other than our Lord Jesus Christ every day because we are human beings, and we are limited, and we are defective.

Jesus says: try not to do that; try not to let anything get in the way of My relationship with you and your relationship with Me because I am the source of your Truth. I am the source your Strength. I am the source of your Hope. I am the source of your Light. I am the source of your Peace.

And so He uses examples: these rather dramactic, rhetorical examples to demonstrate that to us, such as cutting off one’s hand and one’s foot and plucking out one’s eyes. Those are rhetorical examples.

But He says today to us: if your cell phone is getting in the way of My relationship to you and your relationship to Me, put it aside for a while. If your fear, your unfounded fear is getting in the way of your relationship to Me and My relationship with you, pray to God’s Holy Spirit to have it removed. If your anxiety about finances is distracting you from believing that I can do for you what you cannot do for yourself, and God will always take care of you through Me, get rid of it. We all at various times, in various ways, allow other things to block our direct relationship with Jesus Christ, whom we believe with hearts filled with faith is the Answer.

Jesus Christ is the Answer. The Gospel is the Solution. Nothing else - no rationalizations, no judgments - those are not the solutions.

The solutions are in the Gospel through Jesus Christ. Those are the solutions to our problems. And, all we have to do on a daily basis is lay our problems at the feet of Jesus Christ, the Sacred Heart, who loves us so much. And Jesus Christ will take care of us.

And our job is simply to do the next right thing that is in front of us today to do and not be distracted by anxiety, worry, material things - but rather to focus completely on Jesus Christ, trusting that when we do the next right thing that is in front of us to do Jesus walks with us, guides us, sustains us and supports us with his divine strength and love. And He, and He alone will see us through. Nothing else can be better for us than our Lord Jesus Christ. And, when we rely on other things first, we make a terrible, spiritual mistake.

And today’s Gospel is a reminder of that. Today’s Gospel is calling us back and inviting us to look into our lives, to look into our hearts, to look into our minds, to look into our souls and see what’s cluttering them. What is cluttering up our spiritual life?

And then to ask for the courage of the Holy Spirit to remove those things. To make them at least second or third or fourth on our list of things to do every day and to move Jesus Christ up to the first place. And when we do that, then we can be recipients of His Grace, of His Help and of His Hope.



 
 
 

 
 

Christ Pantocrator; c. 410 AD; Roman mosaic in the Apse of the church of Santa Pudenziana, Rome, Italy; commons.wikimedia.org

 
 
 
 
 
September 30, 2018 - Jesus Christ is the Answer - the Gospel is the Solution - Gospel according to Saint Mark 9:38-43, 47-48 and Homily by Fr. John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap.


 
 

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Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty
Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

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Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
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Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
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CREDO
Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.