Wednesday, January 30, 2019
THURSDAY, 3RD Week in Ordinary Time
January 31, 2019 – THURSDAY, 3RD Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Bosco, Priest and Religious Founder
Heb 10:19 – 25 / Mk 4: 21 – 25
In 1859 St. John Bosco (1815 – 1888) founded the Salesian Society for the betterment and education of poor children and disadvantaged youth named in honor of St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622) and in 1871, with St. Maria Domenica Mazarello (1837 – 1881), the Daughters of our Lady, Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters).
From the 1st Reading: Heb 10: 19
So, my friends, we are assured of entering the Sanctuary by the blood of Jesus who opened for us this new and living way passing through the curtain, that is, his body.
Gospel Reading: Mk 4: 21 – 25
Jesus also said to them, "When the light comes, is it put under a tub or a bed? Surely it is put on a lamp stand. Whatever is hidden will be disclosed, and whatever is kept secret will be brought to light. Listen then, if you have ears!"
And he also said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear. In the measure you give, so shall you receive, and still more will be given to you. For to the one who produces something, more will be given, and from him who does not produce anything, even what he has will be taken away from him."
We sometimes say we listen with one ear and let it go out the other ear. This is not real listening but mere hearing. We do this when we don't really like to listen to what is being communicated to us. In other words, we don't even care for the one communicating with us.
Jesus in the Gospel reading of today is challenging his listeners when he says, "Listen if you have ears!" Jesus is teaching his disciples and the people who wanted to listen to him. His teaching would sometimes make the listeners come to a dilemma whether to keep on listening or just shrug their shoulders and go. For Jesus, to listen to him is to let his words penetrate our innermost being. It means to let his words transform our hearts, our life, our whole person – to become like him. And to be like him is to let our life be seen by others in our witnessing . . . our being made in the image and likeness of God, our being brothers and sisters of Jesus.
So when others see us, they see Jesus. This is real transformation when we know how to listen to his words and live it. It is like the lamp then that has to be placed where it can give light to others. Isn't this beautiful! We let this light of Christ invade our whole being so we can be light for others.
Are we ready to listen not only with our ears but also with our hearts? Do we care about Jesus' way of transforming us into his likeness? How can we make our light shine in the midst of people around us?
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Imelda P. Ong
Randy & Dowa Manaloto
Kit & Menchi Narciso
Have a good day!
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