January 23, 2017 – Monday in the 4th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Marianne Cope ((January 23, 1838 – August 9, 1918)

Hebrews 9:15, 24-28    –    Psalm 98    –    Mark 3:22-30

Today the Church celebrates a day of prayer for the protection of children.

I was happy to note that even though the Church has designated today to have special prayers for the protection of children, we still kept the sequence of scripture readings for this “Monday in the 4th week of the Church Year. But I also noticed that we are not allowed to commemorate the saint for the day which we usually can do on regular week day Masses. That tells us how seriously the Church sees this need to pray for the un-born and other vulnerable children. However, we still keep with the cycle of weekday scriptures so that we can continue to grow in an awareness of God’s never ending love for all of us … from birth to natural death!

Today’s “Alleluia Verse” might give us an insight into the meaning of life: ”Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.” It also might be helpful if you went back to today’s “Responsorial Psalm – 98 and slowly read it taking some time to let those words seek into your awareness of God’s never ending Love for all of His Creation. In today’s Holy Gospel according to St. Mark we hear the words of Jesus, “Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness…” This is a day when we can invoke the Holy Spirit to protect all those in our poor, broken world who have no one to pray for them and protect them the evil one. Today’s Communion Antiphon, Psalm 36 reminds us, “With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.” May all of us be drawn into that loving and forgiving Light of Christ Jesus!   Amen!

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