I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Reflection for January 14 Wednesday of the First Week; Mark 1:29-39

Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.
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Is prayer for healing always part of your daily petitions to Jesus? Perhaps not because we oftentimes confine Jesus’ healing to physical sickness. But in reality Jesus  doesn’t only heal physical sickness He can heal everything that ails us. For example our sickness called arrogance, our sickness called greed, our sickness called lust and so forth. All of these can be healed by Jesus.

There’s a story of an arrogant man who would always want to dominate anyone who would be associated with him. Eventually he noticed that he would always be deserted by his friends. He also became aware that even his family would oftentimes avoid being associated with him.

He knew deep in his heart that the reason of their aversion towards him was caused by his dominating and arrogant behavior. So he prayed to Jesus and asked Him to heal him of his arrogance. After a few weeks he notice a change in his behavior from being arrogant he became more humble, understanding and not anymore dominating like a boss. With His healing of his arrogance he gained more friends and his harmony with his family was restored.  

We must not confine Jesus healing to physical healing only for the simple reason that Jesus physical healings are but a surface of His healing power. Jesus can heal everything that ails us, including sickness that nobody knows except us; we simply have to prayerfully ask Him for this healing.

Have we prayed to Jesus to heal us of our arrogance our greed, our domineering attitude and our many more hidden sickness that nobody  knows except us? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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