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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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Reflection for February 4, Thursday of the Fourth Week; Mark 6:7-13

Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick –no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them. So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
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There is a story about a newly ordained priest he was so idealistic that he wished to be assigned in the farthest and un-evangelized place. He got what he wished for, during the time that he was about to go there. He brought nothing with him except for the clothes and his priestly things.

He said to himself: “I will not bring anything with me because Jesus had said that in going to your mission do not bring anything with you (Mark 6:8). He believed that God would provide for his needs. He eventually reached his place of assignment and his parishioners were sensitive enough to notice his needs so they provided him with what he needed.

Jesus demanded trust from the apostles. He wanted them to trust him as they go about their mission for He would provide for their needs. Jesus said to them: “Bring nothing with you except your walking stick and sandal (Mark 6:8-9). Jesus wanted them to depend on Him and not on themselves.

Due to the modernity of our time trust or faith in God is a word that is somewhat not relevant anymore. Because we tend to trust more on ourselves rather than God. We long for our smart phones rather than long for God. There are even those who don’t believe in the existence of God anymore (atheist).

Their God is their knowledge, their power and their wealth. But truth be told, everything in this world will come to pass us by. But God? He will not cease to exist for us, he will be there for us even beyond this temporary life.

Do you still trust Jesus or you trust more yourself and the things that you have? – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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