Friday, February 03, 2017
SATURDAY, 4th Week in Ordinary Time
February 4, 2017 SATURDAY, 4th Week in Ordinary Time
St. John de Brito, Priest and Martyr
Bl. Rudolf Acquaviva, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
Heb 13: 15 - 17, 20 - 21 I Mk 6: 30 – 34
St. John de Brito (1647- 1693), Portuguese Jesuit missionary, was martyred in India.
Bl. Rudolf Acquaviva (1550 - 1583), Italian Jesuit missionary, was martyred with four others near Goa.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 13: 20 -21
May God give you peace, he who brought back from among the dead Jesus our Lord, the great Shepherd of the sheep, whose blood seals the eternal covenant. He will train you in every good work, that you may do his will, for it is he who works in us what pleases him, through Jesus Christ, to whom all glory be for ever and ever. Amen.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 6: 30- 34
The apostles retuned and reported to Jesus all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, "Go off by yourselves to a remote place and have rest." For there were so many people coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.
But people saw them leaving and many could guess where they were going. So, from all the towns they hurried there on foot, arriving ahead of them.
As Jesus went ashore he saw a huge crowd, and he had compassion on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began a long teaching session with them.
Imagine how it must have been to be among those who listened to Jesus himself speaking. Imagine braving the sun and possibly the rains to the "secluded place" where they found Jesus to listen to him and have their infirm and sick cured. And many listened to him for days without food.
How anxious are we today to listen to God's word? Many of us are not.
The all-powerful God seems to limit himself dealing with us humans. He created us with freedom and respects our use of that freedom. He gives us his love and showers us with blessings: he can only await our response, freely given back. Because he created us with freedom, we can follow and obey him as we wish. He does not force us: only if we wish to love him back and to obey him.
May the Lord help kindle the fire within us so that we will take steps to seek him always, above all other things, and place him at the center of our lives.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
CATHERINE M. PORTE
JAYKOB PHOENIX SY
For the healing of Ronald Kunz.
Have a good day!
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