Posted by: livingscripture | February 3, 2017

Fourth Friday of Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

King Herod heard about it, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying,  “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”  Others were saying, “He is Elijah”; still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.”  But when Herod learned of it, he said, “It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.” (Mark 6: 14-16)

How shall I live this Word?Jesus_144_small

The evangelist Mark always puts before us the question: “Who is Jesus?”  This question increases in the Gospel until it receives a definitive response in the mouth of the centurion at the foot of the Cross: “This man was truly the Son of God!”  (Mark 15: 39)

We too, can enter into our heart to see our history marked by the presence of the Son of God.  L et us go over in our mind and heart and review our history marked by the presence of the Son of God, when we have experienced His presence as Friend, Savior, Mercy, Fidelity, Peace.  Let us take a look as well at the times we have distanced ourselves from His love and have chosen the wrong road.

Herod thinks about what he had done against John the Baptist.  We too can think about the people who have helped us to discover God’s presence or who caused us to go away from Him.  We too may have turned people away from God by our counter-witness or led them away from their families, communities, Church.  Who is Jesus for me?

Lord, my Savior, I know You are always with me.  I have experienced Your salvation. Keep me always close to You and never allow me to lead anyone to stray from You.

The voice of Pope Francis (Angelus 23 August 2015)

Who is Jesus for me?  Is He a name, an idea, an historical person only?  Or is He really that person who loves me and gave His life for me and walks with me?  Who is Jesus for you?  Do you stay with Jesus?  Do you try to know Him in His Word?  Do you read the Gospel, read a passage every day to get to know Jesus? Do you bring a small Bible in your pocket, in your purse to read it everywhere?  The more we stay with Him, the more our desire grows to remain with Him.

 

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