SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 11, 2024 SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

CLEANSING A LEPER (MK 1:40-45) Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Help me to believe that Jesus can cleanse me. Imagination: Picture Jesus cleansing the leper Context: Mark provides no geographical setting for this miracle. His goal is to show Jesus’ power and how his fame quickly spreads. Jesus tries to avoid this publicity. Gospel Text: (Read …

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 10, 2024 WEEK FIVE IN ORDINARY TIME

FEEDING THE FOUR THOUSAND (MK 8:1-10) Prayer: O Jesus, feed me with Your Body and Blood, the Bread of Life. Imagination: Picture Jesus blessing the bread in the sight of the crowds. Context: Earlier (Mk 6:34), Jesus multiplied bread and fish for a Jewish crowd. Now, He repeats the miracle for Gentiles. Some changes occur. …

FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 9, 2024 WEEK FIVE IN ORDINARY TIME

THE ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD (MK 7:31-37) Prayer: O Jesus, open my ears to hear your gospel, and my tongue to speak your word. Imagination: Picture Jesus healing the deaf and dumb man. Context: The geography shows that Jesus has become a preacher to the Gentiles. Because the Gentile crowd might not understand, he takes the man …

THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 8, 2024 WEEK FIVE IN ORDINARY TIME

THE QUICK-WITTED MOTHER (MK 7:24-30 ) Prayer: O Jesus, let me persevere in seeking your blessings. Imagination: Picture Jesus confronted by this mother. Context: This story occurs in Gentile territory with a Gentile mother and shows that Jesus’ Kingdom will spread beyond Palestine. Mark gives a developed portrait of this mother’s intense desires and ingenuity. …

WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 7, 2024 WEEK FIVE IN ORDINARY TIME

ONLY WHAT ENTERS THE HEART (MK7:14-23) Prayer: O Jesus, let no evil designs enter my heart. Imagination: Picture Jesus summoning the crowd. Context: After his conflict with the Pharisees, Jesus summons the crowd to give his own teaching. His declares that all foods are clean. This is a gigantic help in freeing Gentile Christians from …

TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 6, 2024 WEEK FIVE IN ORDINARY TIME

SETTING ASIDE GOD’S COMMANDMENTS (MK 7:1-13) Prayer: O Jesus, let my heart be set only on the heavenly father’s will. Imagination: Picture Jesus in this controversy with the Pharisees. Context: Jesus rejects the piety of the Pharisees, who have gone off course. This gospel contains two stories, washing of hands and declaring things sacred. Each …

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2024 – WEEK FIVE IN ORDINARY TIME

TOUCHING HIS CLOAK (MK 6:53-56) Prayer: Jesus, let me seek you, find you and be blessed by your power. Imagination: Picture the crowds pressing upon Jesus. Context: These crowds in Galilee are enthusiastic. In fact, by their lively faith they somewhat force Jesus to heal. He seems more comfortable in the solitude of prayer or …

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 4, 2024 FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

MULTIPLE HEALINGS (MK 1:29-39) Prayer: O Jesus, let me experience your healing power. Imagination: Picture Jesus surrounded by the sick seeking to be healed. Context: Jesus’ powers are diverse. He heals many illnesses and casts out all kinds of demons. They do not shout out because Jesus quiets them. When his work is finished, He …

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 3, 2024 WEEK FOUR IN ORDINARY TIME

SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD (MK 6:30-34) Prayer: O Lord, pour out your mercy and draw me close to your heart. Imagination: Picture Jesus surrounded by the apostles and the crowds. Context: For a brief moment, Jesus wants to be alone with his disciples. This foreshadows the second half of the gospel where Jesus spends much …

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2024 THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD AND THE FEAST DAY OF THE FLAME OF LOVE

SIMEON’S INSPIRED WORDS (LK 2:22-32) Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Lead me this day to your divine appointment. Imagination: Picture Simeon praising God with Jesus in his arms. Context: After forty days, Mary and Joseph fulfill the Mosaic Law by presenting Jesus in the temple. Surprisingly, Simeon appears on the scene. Luke says that the Holy …

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2024 WEEK FOUR IN ORDINARY TIME

SENDING OUT THE TWELVE (MK 6:7-13) Prayer: O Jesus, send me forth to bring your gospel to the whole world. Imagination: Picture the Twelve gathered around, listening to Jesus’ instructions. Context: Jesus does not have enough time to evangelize all of Israel. So, he sends out the Twelve. This is totally his initiative. He summons, …

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2024 WEEK FOUR IN ORDINARY TIME

REJECTED BY HIS OWN PEOPLE (MK 6:1-6) Prayer: O Jesus, I honor you as the true prophet who has come into the world. Imagination: Picture Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth. Context:             Jesus returns to Nazareth, accompanied by his disciples.  After his teaching, the crowd asks itself three questions which summarize Mark’s gospel.  Jesus …

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2024 WEEK FOUR IN ORDINARY TIME

RAISING A GIRL TO LIFE (MK 5:21-43) Prayer: O Jesus, raise me to new life in Your Holy Spirit. Imagination: Picture Jesus raising the girl to life. Context:             Mark carefully notes that Jesus returns to Jewish territory and the atmosphere is filled with faith.  At Jairus’ home, however, people have little faith. So Jesus …

MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2024 WEEK FOUR IN ORDINARY TIME

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 …

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2024 FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

AN EXORCISM IN THE SYNAGOGUE (MK 1:21-28) Prayer:  Come Holy Spirit. Set me free from the Kingdom of Darkness. Imagination:  Picture Jesus in a synagogue setting the man free from the unclean spirit. Context:             Mark groups his stories by geography. The next few stories take place at Capernaum, and provide a quick overview of …

SATURDAY – JANUARY 27, 2024 WEEK THREE IN ORDINARY TIME

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 sea (Jesus does it a second time in …

FRIDAY – JANUARY 26, 2024 WEEK THREE IN ORDINARY TIME

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 …

THURSDAY– JANUARY 25, 2024 WEEK THREE IN ORDINARY TIME (The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle)

REBUKING THE DISCIPLES (Mk 16:9-15) 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 …

WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 24, 2024 WEEK THREE – (Memorial St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church)

THE DIFFERENT RESPONSES (MK 4:1-20) Prayer: O Jesus, let my heart receive your word. Imagination: Picture Jesus teaching the crowds. Context:             In this part, Jesus explains the parable and a shift takes place.  The original parable highlighted the great power of the seed.  This explanation highlights the way each person receives the seed. Gospel …

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2024 WEEK THREE – ORDINARY TIME

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) …