January 19, 2018 – FRIDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. John Ogilvie, Stephan Pongracz and Melchior Grodziecki, Priests;
Marco Krizevcanin, Canon, Martyrs I
81. Ignatius de Azevedo, Priest, and Companions,
81. James Sales, Priest, and William Saultemouche, Religious, Martyrs.
1 Sm 24: 3 – 21 / Mk 3: 13 – 19
St. John Ogilvie (1579 - 1615), Scottish Jesuit priest, was martyred in Glasgow. Sts. Stephan Pongracz (1583 - 1619), Jesuit priest from Romania, Melchior Grodziecki (1584 - 1610), Polish Jesuit priest, and Marco Krizevcanin (1588- 1619), Canon of Estergom, were martyred in Kosice.
Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo (1527- 1570), Jesuit Portuguese missionary, and 39 others were martyred by the Huguenots in the Canary Islands.
Bl. James Sales (1556 -1593), French Jesuit priest, and William Saultemouche (1557 - 1593), French Jesuit lay brother, were martyred in Aubenas during the French War of Religions.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 3: 13- 19
Then Jesus went up into the hill country and called those he wanted and they came to him. So he appointed twelve to be with him, and he called them apostles. He wanted to send them out to preach, and he gave them authority to drive out demons.
These are the Twelve: Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John his brother, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means "men of thunder," Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean and Judas lscariot, the one who betrayed him.
The call of the Twelve, the close companions and disciples of Jesus in his public ministry, teaches us about trust in God and trust in our fellows.
In the various Gospel accounts of the call of his first disciples, who became his Apostles, the Twelve, we see how readily they responded when Jesus called. Jesus passes by, calls Andrew and Peter, James and John, Matthew the tax collector, and they follow him, leaving their boats and livelihood.
These followers of Jesus showed faith, trust and obedience to Jesus' call: "We have found the Messiah," (Jn 1: 41); "we found the one that Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets, as well: he is Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth." (Jn 1: 45)
Eventually their following and companionship grew into love of Jesus, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." (Jn 21: 15)
The call of the disciples and the naming the Twelve also show God's great trust in men: that the saving work of his Son would be continued by fellow human beings. What is truly amazing is that God chose ordinary people for his close followers and friends, for the Twelve: "You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church." (Mt 16: 18) "Feed my lambs," (Jn 21: 15)
We thank God for his trust in us, of course, with his grace and great help. We thank God for our leaders in the Church and in our society.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Spiro & Jennifer Clemente
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Thomas Chan Sy
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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