Thursday, January 31, 2019
FRIDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
February 1, 2019 – FRIDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
Heb 10: 32 – 39 / Mk 4: 26 – 34
From the 1st Reading: Heb 10: 32 – 34
Remember the first days when you were enlightened. You had to undergo a hard struggle in the face of suffering. Publicly you were exposed to humiliations and trials, and had to share the sufferings of others who were similarly treated. You showed solidarity with those in prison; you were dispossessed of your goods and accepted it gladly for you knew you were acquiring a much better and more durable possession.
From the Gospel Reading: Mk 4: 26 – 32
Jesus also said, "In the kingdom of God it is like this: a man scatters seed upon the soil. Whether he is asleep or awake, be it day or night, the seed sprouts and grows, he knows not how.. The soil produces of itself: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when it is ripe for harvesting, they take the sickle for the cutting: the time for the harvest has come."
Jesus also said, "What is the kingdom of God like? To what shall we compare it? It is like a mustard seed which, when sown, is the smallest of all the seeds scattered upon the soil. But once sown, it grows up and becomes the largest of the plants in the garden, and even grows branches so big, that the birds of the air can take shelter in its shade."
In today's first reading, one cannot help but be in awe of early Christians' strength of character and their stamina in clinging to their faith. Even with threats of death and torture from all quarters, they persevered. How were they able to support each other in those turbulent times? What gave them strength to go on? God must have been in their midst giving them all the love and support they needed to get through difficult times.
Looking around you, you would think a Christian's life should be easier. The truth is the Evil One has become craftier in his relentless attempts to convert us into unbelievers. He uses our society with the help of media to turn us slowly away from the peaceful embrace of God.. We might not even be aware that we are slowly leaving God and our faith behind in pursuit of the world. Mother Theresa said, "Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world."
Maybe it is time to slow down and look around you. Where are you now in your life? Are the people around you needing your love and attention? Where is God in your life?
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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