• January 31, 2019 – Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest
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    Parable of the Lamp Mark 4:21-25 Why would a person light a lamp and then hide it? A lit lamp is intended to illuminate its surroundings. Through this parable, Mark is likening his hearers to lamps, and the light is the light of Christ. That light must not be hidden. After hearing the word, we must ponder it and become a light for others. Prayer: As children we sang, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine … ” What sweet simplicity. I am going to let Christ’s light shine through me. […]

  • January 30, 2019 – Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
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    The Parable of the Sower/The Purpose of the Parables Mark 4:1-20 Mark introduces Jesus’ unique teaching style using parables. They are similes or metaphors that draw themes from nature or from the common life of the people. They invite the listeners to doubt and question their ways and ultimately move them to God’s way. The Parable of the Sower speaks to the faith and belief of an individual and of a community. Prayer: We have all been blessed with extraordinary teachers at some point in our lives. Pray for them today. […]

  • January 29, 2019 – Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
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    Jesus and His Family Mark 3:31-35 This passage in Mark’s Gospel may seem oddly inserted, yet it is clearly intended as a response to the blasphemous scribes. Jesus tells the crowd that, more than family ties, doing God’s will is essential for being part of Jesus’ family, the kingdom of God. Prayer: I pray, in words not quite the same as the Psalmist, “Here I am, trying, though not always understanding, not always succeeding. I want to do your will. Please show me the way.&rdquo […]

  • January 28, 2019 – Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
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    Blasphemy of the Scribes/Jesus and Beelzebul Mark 3:22-30 The scribes continue to build their case against Jesus. He responds to their accusation that he is possessed by Beelzebul with parables about divided houses and divided kingdoms. He tells them in no uncertain terms that he and all who follow him are possessed by God's Spirit. Prayer: St. Thomas, your writings inspire and challenge. Pray for us. […]

  • January 27, 2019 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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    The Prologue/The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry/The Rejection at Nazareth Luke1:1-4, 4:14-21 Luke introduces his gospel with his reasons for writing. The gospel continues with Jesus returning home. Though early in his ministry, news of him has spread. He goes to the synagogue on the Sabbath and reads from the prophet Isaiah. The passage explains Jesus’ mission, and he concludes his reading by saying that the words of Isaiah are fulfilled in him. Prayer: Your mission continues, by the power of the Holy Spirit. You are the fulfillment of the prophecy, and your Church is the fulfillment on earth of your ministry. […]