Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ready For Him

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Minute Meditations

The New Adam Minute Meditations
St. Paul says that Jesus is the new and second Adam. Where Adam failed, Jesus succeeded. Where Adam sinned, Jesus obeyed. Where Adam died in sin, Christ rose to life in glory. And the life that Adam lost in sin, the Eternal Son has given us even more abundantly in love.
— from Zealous

Servant of God Juan de Padilla

Juan didn't know where preaching the gospel of Jesus would lead him, but he trusted God to give him strength to match the missionary vocation. Juan's vocation led to his martyrdom in Kansas, part of the New World discovered the year he was born.

Juan came from southern Spain where he became a Franciscan. In 1526 he left for Mexico where he worked as a missionary in the states of Hidalgo and Jalisco. In 1540 he accompanied Coronado's expedition to New Mexico. The next year Juan went with the expedition to Kansas; there he met the Quivira Indians. Juan remained to work among them after the explorers returned to Mexico. Juan was killed by several Quivira Indians as he made his way to the Kaws, traditional enemies of the Quiviras. He was the first of at least 79 Franciscans martyred in the United States.


Thinking about people who are martyrs for the faith sometimes makes us uncomfortable. How could people do that? Are they mentally stable? Juan de Padilla was motivated more by a desire to spread the gospel than by fear for his own life. He reminds us that we do not have much choice about how we will die; however, we have a lot of choice about how we shall live.


An ad for missionaries in a 19th-century Paris newspaper also applied to Juan's work: "We offer you no salary, no recompense, no leadership, no pension, but much hard work, a poor dwelling, small consolation, many disappointments, frequent sickness, a violent or lonely death and an unknown grave."

Daily Prayer - 2016-01-21


Lord, help me to be fully alive to your holy presence.
Enfold me in your love.
Let my heart become one with yours.


I try to let go of concerns and worries
that may be dragging me down at this present moment.
I place any concerns I have in Gods hands
- at least for these few minutes of prayer.


I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord.
I will take refuge in His loving heart.
He is my strength in times of weakness.
He is my comforter in times of sorrow.

The Word of God

Reading 1 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7

When David and Saul approached
(on David's return after slaying the Philistine),
women came out from each of the cities of Israel to meet King Saul,
singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs, and sistrums.
The women played and sang:

"Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his ten thousands."

Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought:
"They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me.
All that remains for him is the kingship."
And from that day on, Saul was jealous of David.

Saul discussed his intention of killing David
with his son Jonathan and with all his servants.
But Saul's son Jonathan, who was very fond of David, told him:
"My father Saul is trying to kill you.
Therefore, please be on your guard tomorrow morning;
get out of sight and remain in hiding.
I, however, will go out and stand beside my father
in the countryside where you are, and will speak to him about you.
If I learn anything, I will let you know."

Jonathan then spoke well of David to his father Saul, saying to him:
"Let not your majesty sin against his servant David,
for he has committed no offense against you,
but has helped you very much by his deeds.
When he took his life in his hands and slew the Philistine,
and the LORD brought about a great victory
for all Israel through him,
you were glad to see it.
Why, then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood
by killing David without cause?"
Saul heeded Jonathan's plea and swore,
"As the LORD lives, he shall not be killed."
So Jonathan summoned David and repeated the whole conversation to him.
Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and David served him as before.

Responsorial Psalm PS 56:2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13

R. (5b) In God I trust; I shall not fear.
Have mercy on me, O God, for men trample upon me;
all the day they press their attack against me.
My adversaries trample upon me all the day;
yes, many fight against me.
R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.
My wanderings you have counted;
my tears are stored in your flask;
are they not recorded in your book?
Then do my enemies turn back,
when I call upon you.
R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.
Now I know that God is with me.
In God, in whose promise I glory,
in God I trust without fear;
what can flesh do against me?
R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.
I am bound, O God, by vows to you;
your thank offerings I will fulfill.
For you have rescued me from death,
my feet, too, from stumbling;
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.

Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.
A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea.
Hearing what he was doing,
a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem,
from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan,
and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.
He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd,
so that they would not crush him.
He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases
were pressing upon him to touch him.
And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him
and shout, "You are the Son of God."
He warned them sternly not to make him known.

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Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • Jesus finds himself suddenly a 'sensation' -- mobbed by onlookers who have come even from foreign parts. They're satisfied with nothing less than getting to touch him.
  • We in our day can 'touch' Jesus in many ways including through our prayer with Sacred Space which helps us to connect with him and his presence in our life.


Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for me.


I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Catholic Meditations

Meditation: Psalm 56:2-3, 9-13

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Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr (Memorial)

In God I trust without fear; what can flesh do against me? (Psalm 56:12)

Around the world today, the feast days of four very different saints will be celebrated.

Fructuosus was a Spanish bishop in an era of intense persecution by the Roman Empire. After refusing to deny his belief in God, he was burned at the stake in a.d. 259; as he and his brother deacons waited for the flames to take their lives, Christians pushed past the guards to ask for the martyrs' prayers. Fructuosus called out, "I am bound to bear in mind the whole universal church, from east to west."

Fifty years later, the persecution of Christians revived. Agnes, a beautiful young Roman girl, was reported to the authorities by suitors whose lustful advances she had rejected. She was cruelly executed, earning the title of patron saint of chastity.

On the slopes of the Alps, Einsiedeln Abbey will commemorate its ninth-century founder, Meinrad, who forswore his aristocratic lifestyle to become a hermit there. Over the years, pilgrims flocked to his hermitage, and he hosted them all. One evening he welcomed in two thieves, who murdered him. For this reason, he is the patron saint of hospitality, a man who loved his enemies to the end.

Elsewhere, the Archdiocese of Daegu in South Korea will remember a man who tended his farm, cared for his family, and taught catechesis in the 1860s. For these simple commitments, John Yi Yun-il was arrested, whipped, and beheaded under the anti-Catholic persecution in Korea. He is venerated as the last of the 103 Korean Martyrs.

Faithfulness, hospitality, and chastity: most of us won't be called on to die for these gospel values, but we should be reminded of their importance by the stories of today's saints.

All four of these martyrs were remarkable people, but in many ways, they did nothing special other than pursue the call God had given them, even when it led to their death. God doesn't need you to be a spiritual superhero; he just asks you to be attentive to the call of discipleship he gives anew each day and to hold fast to it in all circumstances.

"Thank you, Lord, for the example of faithful men and women; help me to be faithful to what you have called me to."

1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7
Mark 3:7-12

From a long text of reflections I get in spanish, here are snips:
 "The passage that Mark presents today tells us "a multitude followed Him".  And points out that they followed "because He had healed many", that is why everyone wanted to touch Him.   And so, how many of those in the multitude were disposed to live according to the teaching of the Master and live according to the Gospel?  How many were healed and delivered from evil spirits, and once freed from bad things, and continued living according to the style of life proposed by Jesus?  Seemingly few, for in the day of judgement there was no one who would stand in His favor.  And still today, many of us repeat the same story, we keep seeking the miracles of the Lord, instead of looking for the Lord of miracles.   And even more, many people once received the grace they needed, they never remember the Lord, but a new need appears in the horizon of their life.  Are you seeking Jesus to resolve your life?  Or do you seek Him according to the Gospel of Jesus?   Let the Love of God fill your life.  Open your heart.  Like Mary, everything for Jesus."
I asked the youth in RCIA, teenagers, a brother and sister "why do you want Jesus in your life?" and they kind of shrugged their shoulders, "so he can help us?"  They didn't really know, I think they were just told to go to these classes, and here I am, asking them to open their hearts because some of us may just live life "using" Jesus, like a tool, and never really be in love with Him.  As if to have made your life, a little of this, a little of that, and maybe a little bit of this God stuff, and then call yourself good.  No sir, no ma'am, it's not like this, not a true authentic life of Christ!  And because I'm on my way to take my wife to the hospital, we may have a baby today, baby number 7, please pray for her and baby, I will leave you with this from the second reflection:
I said to the almond: talk to me about God, and the almond flowered.
I said to the poor: talk to me about God, and the poor offered me his coat.
I said to the dream: talk to me about God, and the dream became reality.
I said to the peasant: talk to me about God, and he taught me how to labor.
I said to nature: talk to me about God, and nature covered itself in beauty.
I said to a friend: talk to me about God, and he showed me how to love.
I said to a baby: talk to me about God, and the little one smiled.
I said to a nightingale: talk to me about God,  and it started singing.
I said to a font: talk to me about God, and it started gushing forth.
I said to my mother: talk to me about God, and my mother gave me a kiss on my forehead.
I said to the people: talk to me about God, talk to me about God and the people loved one another.
I said to the voice: talk to me about God, and the voice couldn't find words.
I said to the pain: talk to me about God,  and the pain transformed into appreciation.
I said to the bible: talk to me about God, and the bible hasn't stopped talking.
I said to Jesus: talk to me about God, and He prayed the Lord's prayer.
I said fearfully to the setting sun: talk to me about God, and the sun hid without saying anything.  But the next day in the morning when I opened the window, I smiled once again.

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