February 8, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 5th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Jerome Emiliani, Priest and Religious Founder
St. Josephine Bakhita, Virgin
Gn 2: 4b- 9, 15- 17 I Mk 7: 14- 23
Born in Venice, St. Jerome Emiliani (1486 - 1537) founded the Company of Servants of the Poor, clerks regular approved by Pope Paul Ill in 1540. Pope Pius IX named him Patron of Orphans and Abandoned Infants.
Born a Sudanese slave and eventually given her freedom by an Italian Consul, St. Josephine Bakhita (1869 -1947) became a religious of the Institute of St. Magdalene of Canossa and lived a quiet life in humble services in her religious congregation.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Gn 2: 15- 17
Yahweh God took Man and placed him in the garden of Eden to till it and take care of it. Then Yahweh God gave an order to Man saying, "You may eat of every tree in the garden, but of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you will not eat, for on the day you eat of it, you will die."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mk 7: 14 -16, 20- 23
Jesus then called the people to him again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and try to understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can make that person unclean. It is what comes out from within that makes unclean. Let everyone who has ears listen."
And he went on, "What comes out of a person is what defiles, for evil designs come out of the heart: theft, murder, adultery, jealousy, greed, maliciousness, deceit, indecency, slander, pride and folly. All these evil things come from within and make a person unclean."
Guard your hearts and minds. With numerous Jewish laws and traditions, many of them related to preparing food and eating, Jesus simplified things by declaring that all foods were clean. Jesus stressed that uncleanness came from our minds and hearts and not from what we ate.
Even today, preparing for a prayer meeting or assembly, at times we may be more concerned about the food and refreshments. Jesus warns us that evil designs come from our hearts and minds, not from what we eat. What do we do when we are tempted with an evil thought or judgment about another? What do we do when we deal with people we do not really like? Are we ready to think positively of others? Are we ready to be careful in making judgments on others and on what they do and make sure we have adequate knowledge?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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