Quotations:

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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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Reflection for January 6, Wednesday after Epiphany; Mark 6:45-52

Gospel: Mark 6:45-52
After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray. When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore. Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely astounded. They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
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Reflection:
Do you have the habit of isolating yourself everyday to pray?

Due to the busyness and the hassle and bustle of life many of us have no more time to pray. Or if we have time we rarely pray with solemness and reflection we simply pray because we have to pray and it simply becomes routine and mechanical for many of us.

After feeding the more than five thousand people Jesus went to the mountain by himself to pray. Even if He is God the Son, Jesus recognized the importance of prayer in His life; Jesus perfectly knew that life without prayer is empty and shallow.

So He went to the mountain to pray and there He asked God for guidance and strength as He continues His ministry. Do you always prayerfully ask for guidance and strength from the Lord God as you face your daily challenges?

Everything that you do in this world no matter how important will pass you by. You will leave it behind even forgotten someday. But the prayers that you do everyday will carry you through as you proceed with the daily grind of life.

Then the same daily prayers will become the key to your passage to the doorway of heaven as you near the end of your life . – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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