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February 10, 2020

Daily Reflection for Monday, February 10, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
Responsorial:  Psalm 132:6-7, 8-10
Gospel:  Mark 6:53-56

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him." (Mark 6:54)

Happy Winter Monday.  Today’s readings bring me such hope.  In the midst of my ordinary and as-would-happen-in-winter-in-Indiana, a rather dull and grey season, I find a beam of sunshine in the passages we reflect upon today. 

God is present in our lives.  He always has been and always will be.  In today’s first reading the people of David’s City recognize the presence of God in their midst, and the overwhelming sense of holiness that brings is both hopeful and joyful. 

The Gospel from Mark is also incredibly joyful.  It speaks to a point in Jesus’ ministry where He is recognized and known even though He may never have been in the region before.  The simple acts of faith demonstrated in this passage call me to a deeper level of recognition and acceptance of the Savior in my midst today. 

Jesus arrives in my life every day as well.  It may not always be from a boat landing on the shores of my life, but it most certainly occurs.  The challenge remains for me to recognize Him.  Even when I am having trouble “seeing,” I am reminded to lean into my faith and simply reach out in the awareness that seeking His presence, touching His cloak is enough for healing to occur.

The other note that touches me about the gospel is that of community.  People “scurried about” to bring in the sick on mats and ensure that the members of their community were able to avail themselves of God’s saving grace and mercy.  We too are called to be that beacon in our communities.  Simple acts of kindness can serve as the face of Jesus for those in need right here in our midst.  When we are aware of someone hurting physically, mentally, or spiritually, it is a good time to bring those needs to Jesus.  As we often do at Mass, when a person’s name or face appears in our vision, we should hold them up in prayer.  Take a moment to turn their needs over to our healing Lord. 

May you always be aware of the “tassel on his cloak” when you find yourself in need.  Reach out and touch it!

In Heartfelt Joy,
Lynne Brennan


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