February 13, 2017 – Monday in the 6th Week of the Church Year
Saint for the day: Giles Mary of St. Joseph (November 16, 1729 – February 7, 1812)
Genesis 4:1-15, 25 – Psalm 50 – Mark 8:11-13
“Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me, for you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name.” (Today’s Entrance Antiphon: Psalm30:3-4)
Signs are for those who don’t now where they are going. If we know where we are going we don’t need signs. If we are on our way to heaven we know that Jesus is “The Way.” How do I make Jesus “The Way” in my life? Do I pine for Jesus like so many of the saints? Do I desire to expend all my strength in order to be close to Jesus? Do I seek to know Jesus more completely in my prayer and my activities?
Or do I seek other more enjoyable, earthly treasures rather than being satisfied to sit at the feet of the lord?
When I made my first vows as I Dominican Brother I printed a commemorative vow card which had Psalm 27, “One thing I ask of the Lord and this I seek; to dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of my life.” But I still need to be reminded of this promise ever now and then. “Thank you Jesus!
History readily shows us that anyone who seeks earthly treasures or earthly power will never be truly happy. Today’s scripture reading from our on-going trip through the Book of Genesis certainly shows us what happens when we lust after someone else’s success. Just look at some of the leaders in almost any part of the world who have become corrupt in their warped need to stay in power. They all started out to bring some kind of justice and good for all the people and then quickly turned into self-seeking dictators worried that they might lose their ill-gotten wealth and power.
Truly great people can command power or honor – they don’t have to demand it.
So many saints shunned notoriety and were still able to do great things in their lives because they were seeking Jesus and not power of authority. Lots to think about in today’s Liturgy. Amen!