Wednesday, January 20, 2016


St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

21 January 2016
St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr 
Memorial.    Red.   1 Sm 18:  6 – 9; 19: 1 - 7.          Mk 3:  7 – 12.     

St. Agnes, from a noble Roman family, was martyred under Diocletian by beheading at the age of 13 (304)

Gospel  Reading:   Mk 3: 7 - 12 
Jesus and his disciples withdrew to the lakeside and a large crowd from Galilee followed him. A great number of people also came from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, Transjordan and from the region of Tyre and Sidon, for they heard of all that he was doing.

Because of the crowd, Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him, to prevent the people from crushing him.  He healed so many that all who had diseases kept pressing towards him to touch him.  Even the people who had evil spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down and cry out, "You are the Son of God."  But he warned them sternly not to tell anyone who he was.
The Gospel reading tells us about the public ministry of the Lord: preaching the Good News through his teaching, healing and expelling of evil spirits.  He taught in synagogues, by the lakeside and on the mountainsides.  People from all over came in large crowds to hear him and especially to have their sick cured and those with unclean spirits cleansed and freed.  The people were anxious to hear Jesus. They wondered at his teaching and healing signs. Even the evil spirits knew and acknowledged him, "You are the Son of God."

The same Good News which Jesus preached and confirmed with his miracles is still being preached to all the world. Before Jesus ascended to his Father after his rising from the dead, he commissioned his disciples and those to succeed them, "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one who refuses to believe will be condemned." (Mk 16:15 – 16)

The mission to proclaim the Good News is not only for the ordained ministers of the Church: the mission to proclaim the Good News is for all baptized Christians so that they could share in faith and with joy the Good News they have received and accepted with all creation.  And the proclamation of the Good News is done not only by word but more effectively by example of living the precepts and values of the Good News in our lives.


     Patricia Anne C. Innocencio

     Dee Karleen Alesi (Oct 15, 2008 – Jan 21, 2015)

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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