READINGS for 2009-02-09
As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus and ran to spread the news throughout the countryside. – Mark 6:54-55
Starstruck! That’s how my brother was one evening when he saw the former first lady dining with some celebrities across our table. Her regal bearing, beauty and aura caught his attention, including me. All throughout the evening he threw stolen glances at her and kept babbling with excitement.
When the first lady stood up and prepared to leave the place together with her party, my brother scrambled for his cell phone camera, handed it over to his wife and sheepishly but without hesitation asked permission for a souvenir photo with her. She gladly obliged! Click! That chance encounter made his evening and he never stopped gushing about it long after she left. The next day, he excitedly showed the photo to his colleagues at the office.
Several months later, my brother was invited to attend a Life in the Spirit seminar. He was disinterested and very reluctant to attend but how could he refuse his boss? But the experience moved him so much that since then, he was no longer the same nominal Catholic he was for the past 40 years. He became starstuck again! This time around, with the Lord. Marie Franco
Are we as excited to meet the Lord and spread the Good News as we are when we bump into celebrities and important people?
O Lord, grant me the boldness to proclaim my faith.
The first account of Creation is very important in that it clearly portrays to us the complete power of God’s Word — when He speaks, it happens. There is no doubt left in our minds that He is in complete control of all that is going on. The fact that He created the universe out of some sort of chaotic nothingness also demonstrates the truth the author wants to convey, namely that God is the author of Creation and He alone is responsible for all that has come into being.
1 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” Thus evening came, and morning followed — the first day. 6 Then God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other.” And so it happened: 7 God made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it. 8 God called the dome “the sky.” Evening came, and morning followed — the second day. 9 Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear.” And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. 10 God called the dry land “the earth,” and the basin of the water he called “the sea.” God saw how good it was. 11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it.” And so it happened: 12 the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw how good it was. 13 Evening came, and morning followed — the third day. 14 Then God said: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, 15 and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.” And so it happened: 16 God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars. 17 God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was. 19 Evening came, and morning followed — the fourth day.
P S A L M
Psalm 104:1-2a. 5-6. 10 and 12. 24 and 35c
R: May the Lord be glad in his works.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD, my God, you are great indeed! You are clothed with majesty and glory, 2 robed in light as with a cloak. (R) 5 You fixed the earth upon its foundation, not to be moved forever; 6 with the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it; above the mountains the waters stood. (R) 10 You send forth springs into the watercourses that wind among the mountains. 12 Beside them the birds of heaven dwell; from among the branches they send forth their song. (R) 24 How manifold are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you have wrought them all — the earth is full of your creatures; 35 Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia. (R)
G O S P E L
Again we hear how the people are constantly streaming to Jesus to have Him heal their sickness. As we come into Jesus’ presence in our daily prayers, let us open our lives to His healing hand so that the hurts of the past, and the obstacles of the present, may be removed by the power of His love. It is only in and through our faith in Jesus that we will be healed of these things.
53 After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. 54 As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. 55 They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.
think: It is only in and through our faith in Jesus that we will be healed.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Romans 5-8
They recogniZed him
These people were smart. As Jesus crossed the other side with His apostles, they were already on the other side watching and waiting. As soon as Jesus appeared, they recognized Him. We read in the Gospel many accounts where the people recognized Jesus. In the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, John the Baptist recognizes Jesus as the Lamb of God. The disciples recognize Him and follow Him. Zaccheus climbs the sycamore tree and recognizes Jesus. The woman who wipes the feet of Jesus with her tears recognizes Him at the house of the Pharisee. Mary Magdalene recognizes Him when He called her name.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta recognized Jesus in the poor. Francis of Assisi recognized Him in the leper. Countless people down through the ages have recognized Jesus. In the Gospel of John, to see or recognize Jesus is to believe in Him. Many times, He reveals Himself to us but our hearts are closed to recognize Him. Do we recognize Him every day in the bread and wine consecrated as His own Body and Blood?
The people in the Gospel accounts recognize Jesus as wonder worker, healer and prophet. But did they recognize Him as Lord and Savior? This is the test of our faith. We, too, can be caught up in the wonder of miracles, the power of healing and the faith-inspired teaching. All of this is good as they help us to come to the Lord and experience Him, but it must go deeper than this. We need to recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior — the only one who can save us and lead us to His Kingdom.
Too often, we look for other things to save us. We have our habitual sins, outbursts of violence and anger, uncontrolled drinking and eating habits — using these to escape from life’s burdens.
Let us place our lives and our needs on Jesus — our one and only true Lord and Savior. When we do, we will recognize Him more in our daily life and we will be surprised at the way He makes Himself known to us. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
Do I recognize Jesus in my life? In what ways does He reveal Himself to me?
Lord, help me to recognize You in my daily life. How wonderful are all Your works, Lord. In every age You have been our refuge and strength. Amen.
St. Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.
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