Friday, February 8, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Daily Readings:
Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6; Mk 6:30-34

Reflection:  A clear message of our need to obey God and obey His church is found in the letter to the Hebrews today.  The scripture reminds us of our need to follow our leaders and to trust in their guidance.  It is our priest’s, Bishop’s, and Pope’s calling to watch over us.  For this they will be held accountable.  It is our job, as followers, to obey their commands.  We will be held accountable for that obedience.  We are also called to obedience of God and His will for our lives.  We are reminded that God will provide for us and give us all that is good, if we do His will.

Big Picture:  Obey your leaders

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Our reading today tells us that we are to obey God and the leaders of the Church.  What does it mean to obey someone?  Who are the leaders of the Church?  How do we obey God?  (By praying to Him and asking Him to guide our lives, and listening to what He asks us to do in our life, even if it is hard and not always what we want to do.)  How do we obey the leaders of the Church?  (We learn about the teachings of the Church through religious formation and reading of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we obey those teachings that we learn, and we obey the guidance of our Pope and Bishop.)
     Older saints:  Reflect on our call to obedience in the letter to the Hebrews today.  What does that call mean to you?  Have you heeded that call and led a life of obedience to Church teaching and to God’s will for your life?  In what areas have you struggled?  Pray today for God to give you the understanding to know His will for your life, and the strength to listen to His call and to obey the leaders of the Church.

Fun Fact:  The one true Church established by Jesus is the Catholic Church.  We know this because Jesus chose the 12 apostles to teach, sanctify, and rule His Church and the Bishops of the Catholic Church are the successors to the apostles.  Jesus also chose Peter as the head of His Church, and the Popes are the successors to Peter.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Apollonia
     What they are remembered for:  St. Apollonia was seized during the persecution of Christians.  The crowd beat her, knocked out all her teeth, and then threatened to burn her alive if she did not renounce her God.  She refused to do such a thing and suffered martyrdom for her faith.
     Feast day:  January 9
     Patron saint of:  Dentists

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