Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Daily Readings: 

Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9, 10-11; Mk 6:7-13

Reflection:  I was struck by two portions of the Gospel reading today.  First, that Jesus sent out the Twelve in groups of two.  Jesus knew that even His most faithful followers needed companionship and encouragement from others to push on in their journey.  Do you have a companion on your journey of faith and evangelization?  Do you have someone who is pushing you outside your comfort zone and pushing you to strive for new things?  We all need encouragement, even the Twelve.  Second, I was struck by the Twelve being told to take nothing with them.  In our world of material comforts and mounting possessions, can you imagine leaving on a journey and taking nothing but the clothes on your back?  I can’t even imagine doing this for a day!  To do such a thing requires great faith in God that He will provide for you, and great faith in your fellow man that he will provide for you.  Do you think we can trust our fellow man enough in today’s society to leave our home with only the clothes on our back and to trust that others will help to provide us with our needs?

Big Picture:  Seek companionship on your journey

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  In today’s Gospel we see Jesus sending out the Twelve to teach others about Jesus.  Is it just the job of priests to teach others about Jesus?  (No.)  Whose job is it to teach others about Jesus?  (Everyone’s.)  How can you help to teach others about Jesus?
     Older saints:  Take time to re-read the Gospel reading today.  Reflect on who your best friends are in your own life.  Are they companions to encourage you on your journey of faith?  Are you a good companion that is encouraging them on their journey of faith?  In what ways do those relationships need to change so that they might more positively encourage you to grow in your faith and to reach out to others to teach them about God?

Fun Fact:  The Catholic Church is the congregation of all baptized people in the same true faith, the same sacrifice, and the same sacraments, all united under the Pope (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 58).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Colette
     What they are remembered for:  When St. Colette was 21 years old she entered the Third Order Rule and became an anchoress.  An anchoress is someone who is walled into a room with the only opening being a window into a church.  She was an anchoress for four years, after which she joined the Rule of St. Clare and established 17 monasteries. 
     Feast day:  February 7
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