Sunday, February 08, 2015
MONDAY, 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
February 9, 2015 MONDAY, 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Gn 1: 1–19 / Mk 6: 53-56
Reading: Gn 1: 1–19
In the beginning, when God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth had no form and was void; darkness was over the deep and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters.
God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light 'Day' and the darkness 'Night'. There was evening and there was morning: the first day.
God said, "Let there be a firm ceiling between the waters and let it separate waters from waters." So God made the ceiling and separated the waters below it from the waters above it. And so it was. God called the firm ceiling 'Sky'. There was evening and there was morning: the second day.
God said, "Let the waters below the sky be gathered together in one place and let dry land appear." And so it was. God called the dry land 'Earth', and the waters gathered together he called 'Seas'. God saw that it was good.
God said, "Let the earth produce vegetation, seed-bearing plants, fruittrees bearing fruit with seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And so it was. The earth produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kind and trees producing fruit which has seed, according to their kind. God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning: the third day.
God said, "Let there be lights in the ceiling of the sky to separate day from night and to serve as signs for the seasons, days and years; and let these lights in the sky shine above the earth." And so it was. God therefore made two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and the smaller light to govern the night; and God made the stars as well. God placed them in the ceiling of the sky to give light on the earth and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning: the fourth day.
Gospel: Mk 6:53–56
Having crossed the lake, they came ashore at Gennesaret where they tied up the boat. As soon as they landed, people recognized Jesus and ran to spread the news throughout the countryside. Wherever he was they brought to him the sick lying on their mats. And wherever he went, to villages, towns or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplace and begged him to let them touch just the fringe of his cloak. And all who touched him were cured.
This passage in the Gospel comes after the miracles of the multiplication of loaves and fish and of Jesus walking on the water. These stories seem to have given the people much hope that they started bringing their sick to Jesus for healing. They recognized him without fail as soon as he landed on the shore and they followed him in the "villages, towns or farms, market place…" People talked about him and his deeds. Words spread so quickly.
With the new communication technology now available to us, the news of Jesus' presence would surely bring people around in a very short time. A post on Facebook, or a message sent through email, could disseminate the news in seconds.
What may be a more difficult and challenging task is how we can recognize Jesus in the many places that we go to – the big shopping malls that display all the pretty things in life, the many restaurants that invite us to eat all the delicious food, the places where one can easily get lost when surrounded by tall buildings, and the business districts where people seem to be in a hurry as they walk past you. And cars and buses on the road contribute the noise that fills up the air.
This is the marketplace of the 21st century where we are to find Jesus. When we have recognized Him we are then invited to spread the Good News. Are we ready to find Jesus in our work place and in everyone around us? Are we ready to share this Good News to all?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
CARLOS M. BORROMEO
IN MEMORIAM (+)
FE CHUA GIAK LIM (OCT 22, 1907 – FEB 9, 2005)
MICHAEL ONG SE HAI
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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