FEBRUARY 7, 2016 – WEEK FIVE – SUNDAY (C) – THE CATCH OF FISH

(Luke 5:4 -11)

Prayer – Let me see, O Lord, how unworthy I am to be your disciple.

Imagination – (Picture Peter kneeling at Jesus’ feet and proclaiming his own sinfulness.)

This fresco on the northern wall of the Sistine chapel 

Context:

This miraculous catch of fish is but a prelude to the high point of the story. While seeing the miracle, Peter receives a great light which reveals his sins. At this repentant moment, Jesus confers upon Peter his lifelong vocation – to bring people into the Kingdom.

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Source: Posts from Meditations – Flame of Love for 02/07/2016

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers

“‘That you may understand that the Lord was speaking of spiritual fishing, however, Peter says, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.’ It is as if he were saying, ‘Through the whole night our fishing has brought us nothing, and we have been laboring in vain. Now I will not fish with fishing gear but with grace, not with diligence acquired by skill but with the perseverance acquired by devotion.’ When Peter lets down the nets at the word, therefore, he is in fact letting down the teachings in Christ. When he unfolds the tightly woven and well-ordered nets at the command of the Master, he is really laying out words in the name of the Savior in a fitting and clear fashion. By these words he is able to save not creatures but souls. ‘We toiled all night,’ he says, ‘and took nothing.’ Peter, who beforehand was unable to see in order to make a catch, enduring darkness without Christ, had indeed toiled through the whole night. But when the Savior’s light shone upon him the darkness scattered, and by faith he began to discern in the deep what he could not see with his eyes.” (Maximus of Turin, died between 408-423 A.D., excerpt from Sermon 110.2.1)

FEBRUARY 6, 2016 – WEEK FOUR – SATURDAY – SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD

(Mark 6:30-34)

Prayer: O Lord, pour out your mercy and draw me close to your heart.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus surrounded by the apostles and the crowds.)

Context:

For a brief moment, Jesus wants to be alone with his disciples. This foreshadows the second half of the gospel where Jesus spends much time teaching the disciples. However, his plans are disrupted and, like a true shepherd, he changes his schedule.

Source: Posts from Meditations – Flame of Love for 02/06/2016

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers

“The pastures that this good shepherd has prepared for you, in which he has settled you for you to take your fill, are not various kinds of grasses and green things, among which some are sweet to the taste, some extremely bitter, which as the seasons succeed one another are sometimes there and sometimes not. Your pastures are the words of God and his commandments, and they have all been sown as sweet grasses. These pastures had been tasted by that man who said to God, ‘How sweet are your words to my palate, more so than honey and the honeycomb in my mouth!’ (Psalm 119:103).” (Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D., excerpt from Sermon 366.3)

Letter #9: More on the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Cuba – Inside The Vatican

There are several points to keep in mind in the run-up to the just-announced two-hour meeting in Cuba between Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome — and so the head of the Roman Catholic Church — and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, scheduled for February 12 at the airport in Havana.

The Pope will be traveling from Rome to Mexico, where he will make a week-long pastoral visit. So the meeting has been added on to the beginning of his trip.

Kirill will be in Cuba for a visit to a Russian Orthodox community in the country, and after meeting the Pope, he will proceed to visit other Russian Orthodox communities in several countries in South America. So the meeting has been inserted into the middle of his continental visit schedule.

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Source: Letter #9: More on the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Cuba – Inside The Vatican

I’m giving up worrying for Lent. | Faith in our Families

Clare posted this:

I have a lot on my shoulders at the moment. I have become the major bread winner for the time being. I don’t earn enough to cover even half our bills even though I am working all the hours God sends. My husband has not been well at all this last month which I find extremely upsetting. The baby has stopped sleeping in the afternoon and has discovered the word ‘NO!’, which is hilarious but it is just another pressure I can’t cope with.
I don’t want to lose the house. I don’t want my kids to have to change schools. I don’t want my husband to be I’ll for the rest of his life.

I have a lot to worry about at the moment.

Let’s keep her and family in our prayers. . .

Source: I’m giving up worrying for Lent. | Faith in our Families

FEBRUARY 5, 2016 – WEEK FOUR – FRIDAY

(Mark 6:14-29)

Prayer – Lord Jesus, let me not be swerved by the opinions of others.

Imagination (Picture Herod with his party guests)

Context:

This section is an interlude, which Mark inserts between the sending of the Twelve and their return. It is the only story that does not focus on Jesus and his disciples and is written to complete the story of John the Baptist. The text will shorten the lengthy reading.

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Source: Posts from Meditations – Flame of Love for 02/05/2016

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers

“Note well the weakness of the tyrant compared to the power of the one in prison. Herod was not strong enough to silence his own tongue. Having opened it, he opened up countless other mouths in its place and with its help. As for John, he immediately inspired fear in Herod after his murder – for fear was disturbing Herod’s conscience to such an extent that he believed John had been raised from the dead and was performing miracles (Mark 6:14-16)! In our own day and through all future time, throughout all the world, John continues to refute Herod, both through himself and through others. For each person repeatedly reading this Gospel says: ‘It is not lawful for you to have the wife of Philip your brother’ (Mark 6:18). And even apart from reading the Gospel, in assemblies and meetings at home or in the market, in every place… even to the very ends of the earth, you will hear this voice and see that righteous man even now still crying out, resounding loudly, reproving the evil of the tyrant. He will never be silenced nor the reproof at all weakened by the passing of time.” (John Chrysostom, 347-407 A.D., excerpt from On the Providence of God 22.8-9)

From http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/index.html

Cardinal De Paolis Confident About Synod Outcome, Decentralization BY EDWARD PENTIN

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, one of the five cardinal contributors to the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ” that reasserted the Church’s teaching on marriage ahead of the Synods on the Family, is confident about the outcome of the synod and Pope Francis’ plans for decentralization.

In this Jan. 30 interview with the Register, the Italian cardinal, a renowned canon law scholar, gives reasons for his optimism but also stresses the importance of knowing the destination of the Church’s journey, acknowledges that many faithful are confused, and asserts that the sensus fidelium (sense of the faithful) can only refer to practicing Catholics who do not dissent from the Church’s Magisterium.

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Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/cardinal-de-paolis-confident-about-synod-decentralization/#ixzz3zJjIyUfk