Tuesday, January 12, 2016


St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

13 January 2016     

Weekday, 1st Week in Ordinary Time /

St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Green. 1 Sm 3: 1 – 10,  19 – 20.      Mk 1: 29 – 39


St. Hilary (315 – 368), Bishop of Poitiers, was a leading defender against the Arian heresy in the West.


From the 1st Reading:    1 Sm 3:  1, 7 – 10

The boy Samuel ministered to Yahweh under Eli's care in a time in which the word of Yahweh was rarely heard;  visions were not seen . . . 


Samuel did not yet know Yahweh and the word of Yahweh had not yet been revealed to him.  But Yahweh called Samuel for the third time and, as he went again to Eli saying, "I am here for you have called me,"  Eli realized that it was Yahweh calling the boy  So he said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls again, answer, "Speak, Yahweh, your servant listens."


Then Yahweh came and stood there calling as he did before, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel answered, "Speak, for your servant listens."


Gospel Reading:    Mk 1: 29 – 39

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the home of Simon and Andrew with James and John. As Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever, they immediately told him about her. Jesus went to her and taking her by the hand, raised her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening at sundown, people brought to Jesus all the sick and those who had evil spirits: the whole town was pressing around the door. Jesus healed many who had various diseases, and drove out many demons; but he did not let them speak, for they knew who he was.


Very early in the morning, before daylight, Jesus went off to a lonely place where he prayed.  Simon and the others went out, too, searching for him; and when they found him they said, "Everyone is looking for you."  Then Jesus answered, "Let's go to the nearby villages so that I may preach there too; for that is why I came." 


So Jesus set out to preach in all the synagogues throughout Galilee; he also cast out demons.



In today's Gospel, we are told that the disciples, and later on people from all over, brought their problems to the attention of Jesus, and He performed many miracles of healing the sick and driving out demons. Jesus is as compassionate as He is powerful, and He knows our deepest needs. All we have to do is approach Him in prayer, and have faith that He will help set us free from whatever it is that binds us, physically and spiritually.



For the complete, total, full and speedy recovery of Florencio Totoy Reyes Jr.


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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