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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Friday, February 6, 2015

Reflection for February 7, Saturday; Fourth Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 6:30-34

Gospel: Mark 6:30-34
The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.

When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
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Do we want Jesus to teach us many things (Mark 6:34)? Therefore we should hunger for Jesus, we should follow Jesus and we should thirst for Jesus. Many of us today do not feel Jesus in our lives because we don’t thirst and hunger for Him. We thirst and hunger more for the things of this world, we follow more the false teachings of this world than abide by the teachings of Jesus.

What will it benefit us if we follow Jesus and If we give-up everything for Jesus? We gain a foretaste of heaven while we are still in this world. This doesn’t mean that we will not experience anymore human difficulties once we choose Jesus over this world. Yet we can be assured that as we go through our human difficulties or problems we are certain of Jesus abiding presence in our lives. Jesus will make our difficulties lighter and Jesus will walk with us as we walk carrying our burdens.

In our gospel for this Saturday we read about the multitude of people chasing after Jesus and His disciples. The disciples were about to rest and go through some physical and spiritual re-charging. Yet when the multitude of people discovered it they hurriedly went there leaving behind whatever worldly undertaking/s that they were doing.

When Jesus saw the vast crowd waiting for Him, He did not turn them away, never did He scold them or told them, Why are you people disturbing our rest? Jesus instead pitied them, Then, He taught them and healed them of whatever sickness that they may have.

Would you also go after Jesus? Are you willing to leave everything to have a precious encounter with Jesus? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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