Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the day: RB 3:1-6
Mass: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Resp. Psalm 89; Mark 2:23-28

The Lord looks into the heart

I include here something a friend wrote recently. His words serve as a link between the Lord’s words to Samuel above, and today’s Gospel Acclamation (Ep 1:17-18) below: ‘It still makes me smile and shake my head at the manner in which our Father worked this all out for you. He is paying attention, isn’t He?’ Yes, God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is paying attention. He counts every hair on our heads. He knows when we sit and when we stand. He knows our thoughts from afar. He probes the depths of our hearts and knows exactly what each one of us needs. If we are patient, trust, and believe in the LOVE our Father has for us, our lives can be transformed. LOVE is expressed to us in ways small and big each and every day. Will I allow myself to be vulnerable and take notice? It is my experience that LOVE is worth the risk. LOVE looks; LOVE sees. If we are open and let LOVE pierce us, the eyes of our hearts will be enlightened. We will see. No need to be anxious or troubled; LOVE works it all out. LOVE never fails.

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.


Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time: Martin Luther King Jr Day

Maur and Placid, Disciples of Benedict 
Readings of the day: RB 2:33-40
Mass: 1 Samuel 15:16-23; Resp. Psalm 50; Mark 2:18-22

The word of God is living and effective,
to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.

Listening poses challenges. United with Samuel, we can say, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’ Doing what God asks of us, in full rather than in part, poses other challenges. If and when we say with the psalmist, ‘Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will’, will we be united with Saul or might there be another way?

What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?
For you hate discipline and cast my words behind you.

Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Readings of the day: RB 2:30-32
Mass: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; Resp. Psalm 40; 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42

Glorify God in your body

John standing. Two disciples too.
He watched
JESUS walk by
The two heard
They followed
HE turned
HE saw
What are you looking for?
Where are you staying?
Come you will see
They went
They saw
They stayed
Andrew heard
He followed
He found Simon
He brought him
JESUS looked
HE said.

The body is for the Lord
The Lord is for the body


Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop and Doctor (d. 367)
Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings of the day: RB 2:23-29
Mass: 1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a; Resp. Psalm 21; Mark 2:13-17

Follow me.

While studying in Rome, one of my favorite walkabouts included the area of Via della Scrofa. Things were happening there, not unlike most places in the eternal city, yet I used to stop now and again at San Luigi dei Francesi to look at Caravaggio paintings. Caravaggio is one of my favorite artists; an artist whose work I seek out.

Not unrelated, I include here part of an interview with Pope Francis, conducted by A. Spadaro, SJ, published in America magazine, September 30, 2013. What follows are the Holy Father’s comments about not knowing Rome very well.

‘I know St. Mary Major, St. Peter’s...but when I had to come to Rome, I always stayed in [the neighborhood of] Via della Scrofa. From there I often visited the Church of St. Louis of France, and I went there to contemplate the painting of “The Calling of St. Matthew” by Caravaggio.’
‘That finger of Jesus, pointing at Matthew. That’s me. I feel like him. Like Matthew.’ Here the pope becomes determined, as if he had finally found the image he was looking for: ‘It is the gesture of Matthew that strikes me: he holds on to his money as if to say, “No, not me! No, this money is mine.” Here, this is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff.’ Then the pope whispers in Latin: ‘I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I accept in a spirit of penance.’
I reflect now on whether I think Jesus is pointing at me, or am I so full of myself and ‘well’ to think that Jesus is pointing at others, namely, all the sinners and sick people.

Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.

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