03 February 2016
Wednesday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Blasé, Bishop and Martyr;
St. Ansgar, Bishop
2 Sm 24:2, 9–17 / Mk 6:1–6.
St. Blaise (d 316), Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, was martyred under Licinius. Many cures are attributed to him; there is a special blessing for throats this day invoking the intercession of St. Blaise.
St. Ansgar (d 865), Bishop of Hamburg, a Benedictine missionary to Denmark and Sweden, is the "Apostle of the North," Patron of Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
Gospel Reading: Mk 6:1 - 6
Leaving that place, Jesus returned to his own country, and his disciples followed him. When the Sabbath came, he began teaching in the synagogue, and most of those who heard him were astonished. They commented, "How did this come to him? What kind of wisdom has been given to him that he also performs such miracles? Who is he but the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joset and Judas and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here among us?" So they took offense at him.
And Jesus said to them, "Prophets are despised only in their own country, among their relatives and in their own family." And he could work no miracles there, but only healed a few sick people by laying his hands on them. Jesus himself was astounded at their unbelief.
In the Gospel reading we learn that Jesus worked as a carpenter, the trade of his father Joseph. But he was also a prophet, and the Son of God, made man to share the good news of our salvation. The very people among whom he grew up resisted the notion that a humble carpenter could also be their Savior. They could not see beyond his low station.
Jesus chose to take up the ordinary profession of his earthly foster-father Joseph, and worked with his hands, alongside the important mission of spreading the Gospel, precisely to teach us his kind of humility and devotion. On account of his humble beginnings. His own towns-folk took offense and rejected him, judging him unworthy of becoming a prophet.
What hurdles prevent us from trusting in Christ as our Savior? Do we look for proof that Jesus really loves us and that he really is the God that has come to save us? We need to re-examine if our personal issues are getting in the way of our completely trusting in the Lord.
Let us pray for the grace of humbly trusting in Jesus's power to deliver us from our weaknesses and short-sightedness, learning from his example of humility and great love for us. May his example teach us how to treat the people around us, especially to those who do menial tasks which allow our lives to be comfortable. May we see Jesus's face and his great love among the least of our brethren, as he has taught us to do by the example of his own life.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Mark Anthony L. Tan
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Beatriz G. Ku
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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