• Ann Tran

THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME MEMORIAL OF ST JOHN BOSCO JANUARY 31, 2019


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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark: 4:21-25

Jesus said to his disciples, "Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear." He also told them, "Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away." (Mark 4:21-25)

Reflection: "To the one that has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away"

So what is given more of? And what gets taken away even if you have little of?

Can't be money, since you can always make more. Also, money becomes useless to you once you're dead; you can't take it with you to heaven or hell.

What would be useful? Prayers!

There are times when I thought I was praying, but really I was just having a monologue. When I say I need this and that, I want this to go my way and not listening to God's response - it's talking to oneself, not really having a conversation. A conversation requires listening and a dialogue with someone else and giving them a chance to respond. So when you pray more, God responds more. If you do not pray to Him, why do you expect something from Him?

What can you do if you lost your communication with Him? Don't know where or how to start again? In the dark, you naturally look for light and as lost sheep we search for our shepherd. Our shepherd, realizing we are lost, searches for us tirelessly. So, we can at least cry out to Him.

Luckily for us, we have Priests that look out for us. So please pray for priests to aid them in their search for lost sheep.

#prayers

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