Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_top position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_bottom position below the menu.

Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_bottom position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_top position below the search.
Reflections

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February 11, 2019 (Monday of Week 5: Our Lady of Lourdes)

 

As many as touched 

 

Dear friends in Christ, on this day we commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearance to a fourteen year old girl, Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 near Lourdes. Mary’s message in the apparition is a call back to holiness pleading with sinners to change their ways. The apparition has inspired a great love for prayer, penance and good works. Many have reported miracles on pilgrimages to the place of her appearance in Lourdes.

 

The first reading of today (Genesis 1:1-19) is on—the first four days of creation. It tells us that the world did not come by chance to be what it is now, but by the creative act of God. This creation was at God’s command, “Let there be…” and so it happened. This first part of God’s creation was more of a preparation for the animals that will inhabit the earth, including humans, who will manage creation. The author tells us that when God had finished each day of creation, “… God saw that it was good.” We must continue to search our minds on the source of evil in the world. We must also question the violence we have brought upon nature, which was created good. The balance in nature has been destroyed by our quest for the exploitation of the world’s resources, sometimes without consideration for the future and creation in its entirety. The result is global warming with its attendant problems. We can however do what is necessary now to reverse the situation so that we might preserve the earth’s balance for generations to come.

 

Our Gospel passage of today (Mark 6: 53-56) reveals a very tight schedule of Jesus. Jesus and his disciples, arrived at Gennesaret tired. One would have expected that he will find a chance to rest, but those in need of him, kept coming. “Immediately they recognised him, and ran about the whole neighbourhood and began to bring sick people, on their pallets to any place where they heard he was.” One may attribute the ability of Jesus to attend to such people to the fact that he is God. But the truth is that as God-made-man, he was like us in all things. He knew what it meant to be tired. On one such occasion, he fell asleep on the cushion in the boat while they were crossing the sea, that it took the disciples to wake him up to calm the troubled sea. In spite of his tiredness however, Jesus attended to the people. They were begging even just to be allowed to touch the fringe of his cloak. Their faith worked for them. God is ever present and ever faithful to his promises. Do not give up. A strong faith as expressed by these people, who were searching for Jesus and begging to touch him, is needed in each and everyone of us, to truly become a place where God can dwell. We are the living tabernacles of his love. Live out that commitment daily.

 

 

Let us pray: Lord, we come to you in faith to touch you in the Eucharist as our bread of life. Give us the grace to remain faithful to your word so that our hearts may remain a place where you can dwell eternally. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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