O God, help us tend the seeds of whatever talents you and our parents have sown in our hearts, so that one day the fruits of our lives might nourish your beautiful world and its people. Amen.
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” (Mk 4:21-23)
Loving God, thank you for this beautiful world, this gorgeous universe that you have created. Help us to respect it, to care for it in a loving way for you are here. Amen
Have a great day!
“A crowd seated around him told him, ‘your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.’ But he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” and looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mk 3:32-35)
“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
And through my name shall his horn be exalted.
I wills et his hand upon the sea,
His right hand upon the rivers!
My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him!” Amen (PS 89: 25-26)
In the gospel Jesus hears of the death of John the Baptist...... He goes down to Capernaum by the sea where He fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah.......... "Galilee of the gentiles, The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light..... on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death..... light has arisen" .......
“Go into the whole worldand proclaim the Gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
God please send us out as you have sent out the saints before us, so that we too my partake in the feast of the lamb.
The reading is from Mark chapter 3 verses seven through twelve
In this Gospel Jesus is making an exit...... the crowds are pressing on Him ..... He is healing many from their sickness and diseases....... There was a concern about His personal safety...... That everyone wants to touch Him.....
We are a people of laws. Laws give is order in the midst of fear, confusion and chaos. Imagine if there were no laws about which side of the street we should drive our cars.
At this the Pharisees said to him,
“Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
He said to them,
“Have you never read what David did
when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?"
“Obedience is better than sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
"John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’
I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel.” (Jn 1:29-31)
Did you ever wonder why some come to be in leadership positions and others not? Well today’s two reading have two takes on that topic.
A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
“During the time young Samuel was minister to the Lord under Eli, a revelation of the Lord was uncommon and vision infrequent.” (1 Sm 3:1)
"There was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him."
"As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they left their nets and followed him." (Mk 1: 16-18)
"After Jesus was baptized he came up from the water and behold,the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a doveand coming upon him.And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 3:13-17)
In today’s gospel, John the Baptist is approached by his disciples as they were concerned that Jesus and his disciples were baptizing across the river. As John was not envious, he tried to explain his place in the world vs Jesus’ place.
"It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was;
and when he saw Jesus,
he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said,
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
“All spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.” (Lk 4:22)
" Take courage, It is I, do not be afraid" (Mk 6: 50)
Tuesday after the Epiphany, January 7th.
Today’s readings are a beautiful way to begin the new year. God has not only sent his own son to us to give us full human life, but it is God’s LOVE, pure love, that wants to have us share in all that is life-giving. This is what all the joys of Christmas are about, life and love---for all to know and share!