Week Four – Ordinary Time – Monday, January 30th

Power Over Satan (Mk 5:1-20) Prayer: Lord Jesus, set me free in the power of your name. Imagination: Picture the possessed man coming to Jesus and his disciples. Context: Although this story seems strange, biblical scholars agree that it happened (although it probably is two stories joined together). Jesus began his ministry to Israel with …

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 29th

The First Four Beatitudes – Part I – (Mt 5:1-5, 12a) Prayer: O Jesus, call me to a special goodness and help me to be a faithful disciple. Imagination: Picture Jesus preaching to the disciples. Context: Matthew’s teachings are broken into five sections, (like the five books of Moses). The beatitudes are Jesus’ first major …

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Saturday, January 28th

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, PRIEST & DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH Power Over the Sea (Mk 4:35-41) Prayer: O Jesus, calm the storms in my own life. Imagination: Picture the fearful disciples in the boat, while Jesus calms the sea. Context: Mark begins a series of 5 stories showing Jesus’ power. In this first calming of the …

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Friday, January 27th

Seeds of the Kingdom (Mk 4:26-34) Prayer: O Jesus, plant your Kingdom on my heart. Imagination: Picture Jesus teaching the crowds. Context: Jesus uses two parables concerning seeds to show the power of the Kingdom. In the first parable, the farmer does nothing but “go to bed.” In the second parable, the tiniest seed produces …

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Thursday, January 26th

Some Sayings (Mk 4:21-25) Prayer: O Lord, put your light on the lampstand of my heart. Imagination: Picture Jesus speaking to the disciples. Context: This text is really four different sayings which Mark links by opposite words, like hidden/revealed and given/taken away. They are all teachings about the Kingdom. Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.) Jesus …

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Rebuking the Disciples (Mk 16:15-18) Prayer:   O Jesus, heal my lack of faith. Imagination: Picture Jesus gathered with his disciples at table. Context: Mark summarizes the Easter visions. Jesus rose and appeared to Mary Magdalen. She told the disciples. He appeared to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They, too, announced the good …

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Tuesday, January 24th

Having a New Family (Mk 3:31-35) Prayer: O Jesus, let me be a member of your family. Imagination: Picture Jesus saying to you,“You are my brother and sister and mother.” Context: Mark often begins a story, tells another story and then completes the first story. This story begins with the family squabble (3:20-21). The word, …

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Monday, January 23rd

Casting Out Satan (Mk 3:22-30) Prayer: O Jesus, by your power, free me from the Evil One. Imagination: Picture Jesus in his controversy with the scribes. Context: Mark presents another group of critics, the scribes. However, Jesus does not answer them. Jesus speaks to the crowds to get a fair hearing. He destroys the scribe’s …

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 22, 2023

A Light Among the Gentiles (Mt 4:12-17) Prayer:  O Jesus, let your light shine upon my whole life. Imagination: Picture Jesus going to Capernaum with his disciples. Context: Many prosperous towns were around the lake of Galilee. Since Capernaum was larger than Nazareth, Jesus moved his headquarters there to reach a wider audience. In this …

Week Two – Ordinary Time – Saturday, January 21, 2023

St. Agnes, Virgin & Martyr A Startled Family (MK 3:20-21) Prayer: O Jesus, help me to stand firm. Imagination: Picture Jesus surrounded by the crowd and his family. Context: This text contrasts the crowds, and the relatives. The crowds hardly know Jesus, and yet they acclaim him. His relatives, who think they know him, have …

Week Two – Ordinary Time – Friday, January 20, 2023

Calling the Twelve Apostles (Mk 3:13-19) Prayer O Jesus, help me to respond to your call. Imagination:   Picture Jesus on the mountain calling his twelve apostles. Context: The mountain top symbolizes Jesus’ closeness to the Father and the great importance of this decision. These twelve apostles represent the new twelve tribes of Israel. Both the …

Week Two – Ordinary Time – Thursday, January 19, 2023

Trying to Touch Jesus (Mk 3:7-12) Prayer:   Draw near, O Lord, so I can touch you in faith. Imagination:   Picture Jesus surrounded by the crowds who are healed as they touch him. Context: In this section, Mark pauses. Jesus tries to get out of the limelight by spending time with his disciples.  However, his fame has …

Week Two – Ordinary Time – Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Man with the Withered Hand (Mk 3:1-6) Prayer:   Come, Holy Spirit. Give me faith in Jesus’ powers. Imagination:   Picture Jesus healing the man with the withered hand. Context: For a while, Jesus continues his ministry within the synagogue. Unfortunately, this great healing of a withered hand is overshadowed by a controversy. This leads to …

Week Two – Ordinary Time -Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Eating Grain on the Sabbath (Mk 2:23-28) Prayer:   O Jesus, be the Lord of my life. Imagination:   Picture Jesus with his disciples in the grain fields. Context: This controversy is not about picking off heads of grain (which was an accepted practice) but about picking them on the Sabbath. This controversy allows Jesus to pronounce …

The Shining of God’s Face on All Humanity

From Msgr George Brubaker –  Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, New Castle, DE We began the New Year 2023 by celebrating the Solemnity of Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary’s Motherhood in giving birth to Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. The First Word of the New Year was the blessing God gave his people through Moses, Aaron, and …

Father Blount on Divine Love and the Eucharist

Talk about Eucharistic Revival! Watch for the moment when Father Blount’s heart becomes enflamed describing the infinite love we receive at Holy Mass, as his message is being translated to Lithuanian. Father Blount help us to understand the mystery and truth of Divine Love and some “saintly secrets” for our journey to Heaven. “We have …

Week Two – Ordinary Time – Monday, January 16, 2023

Some Surprise Pronouncements (Mk 2:18-22) Prayer:   O Holy Spirit, make me a new creation. Imagination:   Imagine Jesus with the disciples and the Pharisees. Context: Jesus uses two images of cloth and wineskins to show that his Kingdom demands a totally new way of acting and thinking. Nobody sews new cloth on old garments or pours …

Second Sunday – Ordinary Time – Sunday, January 15, 2023

Recognizing the Lamb (Jn 1:29-34) Prayer: O Jesus, come to me. When you come, help me to recognize you. Imagination: Picture John at the Jordan River, seeing Jesus among the crowd. Context: In this gospel, Jesus does not get baptized. Instead, the Baptist recognizes Jesus and introduces him to the world as the Lamb of God. …

Week One – Ordinary Time – Saturday, January 14, 2023

Eating with Levi’s Friends (Mk 2:13-17) Prayer:   O Jesus, call me into your Kingdom because I am a sinner. Imagination:   Picture Jesus at table with Levi and his friends. Context: Having heard Jesus call him, Levi calls others. When they sit at table, some religious people complain. This allows Jesus to announce that he is …

Week One – Ordinary Time – Friday, January 13, 2023

The Paralyzed Man (Mk 2:1-12) Prayer:   Come, Holy Spirit. Give me friends with great faith. Imagination: Picture Jesus healing the paralyzed man. Context: The next five stories contain controversies which allow Jesus to make a solemn pronouncement (the high point of each story). This reveals Jesus’ prerogatives. In this story, Jesus proclaims that he has …