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Daily Reflections


Saturday, February 1      Mk 4:35-41

Today we hear the familiar miracle story of the Calming of the Storm at Sea. We can feel our lives are sometimes “stormy.” Jesus commands the wind and the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” Quiet and silence play an important role in the life of Jesus. Quiet and silence can sometimes bring calm and peace. At the same time, we know it is important to know also when we need to seek the help of others with our troubles.

Sunday, February 2         Lk 2:22-40

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Mary and Joseph know the child Jesus is a gift from the Lord. So as an act of gratitude, praise, and obedience, they bring Jesus to Jerusalem, where Jesus would return at the end of his life in obedience to the Father. In this story we meet the great figures of Anna and Simeon, prayerful and devout figures. This story underlines the importance of ritual in our lives. As Mary and Joseph were faithful in bringing Jesus to the rituals of their faith, many parents and grandparents obediently bring children to the rituals of our faith, most especially Sunday Mass.

Monday, February 3

Today’s gospel is the very dramatic story of the man with the unclean spirit. His demons enter into the herd of swine who fall to their death. A very dramatic scene. Healing is usually much less dramatic, even quiet. Today we celebrate the feast of St. Blaise. We practice the ritual of a quiet blessing of throats. This blessing will be provided as part of our morning Masses at 7:30 and 9:00 AM and at 4:00 PM with our Faith Formation children. You are invited to each blessing.

Tuesday, February 4       Mk 5:21-43

Our gospel contains two healing stories. The woman had been afflicted for 12 years. Doctors were unable to help her. Imagine her joy when she touched Jesus and found herself healthy. How elated! The synagogue official and his wife mourned the death of their daughter in the second story. Jesus returned their daughter to them. Jesus can work miracles in our lives! Often, they are less dramatic than these stories. But with Jesus’ help, we may experience a change in our lives, even a miracle!

Wednesday, February 5                  Mk 6:1-6

To Jesus, a great obstacle for him was the lack of faith of persons. We need to grow our faith. How do we do that? Prayer, Mass, Sacraments, God’s Word are all good places to start.

Thursday, February 6                     Mk 6:7-13

Jesus encourages light travel. I am an awful traveler, always over packing. All those things I carry can become heavy, weigh me down, and become a distraction. Might we pray and reflect on this truth: “I need less stuff and more Jesus. Amen.”

Friday, February 7                            Mk 6:14-29

Today we hear the final story of the death and martyrdom of John the Baptist. At the end of the story, we hear John’s disciples remained faithful to him to the very end. It is a beautiful and blessed act to remain faithful to another person to the very end of their life.

Saturday, February 8                      Mk 6:30-34

Notice in the gospel how Jesus and his disciples left the crowds and went off for themselves for a while to a deserted place. Sometimes it is good to give yourself a break and simply spend time with the Lord, giving yourself and others a break from your busy life.

Sunday, February 9                         Mt 5:13-16

Salt and light Jesus speaks about in today’s gospel. Salt gives taste. Light shines. The disciple of Christ lives a life filled with salt and light. A Catholic’s life is not boring. People provide light to others especially when there is darkness. Recall the light someone shared with you when things seemed dark.

Monday, February 10                     Mk 6:53-56

Today we hear of the attraction and power of Jesus’ healing. Choose to pray today for your healing or the healing of another person you know.

Tuesday, February 11                     Mk 7:14-23

A great feast today, Our Lady of Lourdes. Millions travel to this shrine seeking healing. They find healing in ways they did not imagine. Pope Francis proclaims today the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. We are faithful at St. Anne’s to praying for the sick at our weekend Masses. Yes, some find our list lengthy. That simply tells us the need for healing is wide and far. Pray wholeheartedly for healing.