Jan 31, 2022
(2Sm.18:9-10,14,24-25,30-19:3; Ps.86:1-6; Mk.5:21-43)
“Hearken, O Lord, to my prayer,
and attend to the sound of my pleading.”
Today in our readings we hear of desperate pleas made to the Lord. In our gospel there are at least two “earnest appeal[s]”: Jairus “fell at [the] feet” of Jesus and begged Him...
Jan 30, 2022
(2Sm.15:13-14,30,16:5-13; Ps.3:2-7; Mk.5:1-20)
“Many are saying of me,
‘There is no salvation for him in God.’”
Today David’s sins rise to his neck, and he is persecuted for them. But in accepting the persecution as chastisement from the hand of God, David regains his kingly stature, becoming once again...
Jan 29, 2022
(Jer.1:4-5,17-19; Ps.71:1-6,15,17; 1Cor.12:31-13:13; Lk.4:21-30)
“I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.”
When God calls Jeremiah to prophesy “against Judah’s kings and princes, against its priests and people,” He tells him to “gird [his] loins” and commands: “Be not crushed on their account.”
Jan 28, 2022
(2Sm.12:1-7,10-17; Ps.51:12-17; Mk.4:35-41)
“I have sinned against the Lord.”
David is the man who “took the poor man’s ewe lamb and made a meal of it for his visitor.” To feed his lust he has feasted on another man’s wife. And he sees the injustice of this; he recognizes his guilt when his sin is...
Jan 27, 2022
(2Sm.11:1-10,13-17; Ps.51:3-7,10-11; Mk.4:26-34)
“The seed sprouts and grows without his knowing how it happens.”
Jesus in our gospel tells us of the kingdom of God and of its gradual growth without our knowing. Seed is scattered, the Word is sown in our souls, and as we “[go] to bed and [get] up day after...