Thursday of the 2nd Week of the Year

Mk 3:7-12

The Mercy of Jesus


Good health is a great fortune. Often we realize it only when we have lost it. No wonder the people at that time of Jesus came from all over the country to touch and to be healed. “All who had afflictions kept pushing toward him to touch Him.” They believed in Jesus’ power to heal and Jesus did not only cure their physical illness but also forgave them their sins. Their whole life was put in order.

By healing the sick and the afflicted Jesus reminds us that we should take care of our health, because it is a natural value in life. More important however is to pursue the health of our soul so that it could be led by the true spirit of God. S healthy soul makes a healthy body. (Sr. Magdalene Leykamm, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)


One day a father and his son strolled around the garden. Then the son asked, “Dad, how come God doesn’t want to talk to His people anymore the way he talked to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob or Moses?” “My son,” said the father, “it is not that God doesn’t talk to his people anymore, it’s just that people don’t stoop down and listen anymore.”

Jesus after preaching the Good News and healing the sick would “avoid” people, go to a lonely place, would ‘stoop down”, pray and communicate with His Father. Jesus treasures this moment – to be alone with the Alone. It’s his “date with the Father.” Jesus’ words and deeds are fruits of his contemplation. He knows his primary task: to listen to the Father. After listening, he became a very obedient son.

We who work in the vineyard of the Lord sometimes (or oftentimes) feel the urge to be “on the go.” There is a big temptation to let our ego become bloated – “People are looking for me” I’ve power to heal! They like the way I explain the Word of God!” today Jesus, reminds us, “stoop down” – spend some moments of silence, go to a lonely place, have a “date with the Lord,” listen to God. (Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


Many times I have been asked to anoint people who are seriously sick, even at the point of dying. I have to admit that this is one of the difficult moments in my priesthood. I cannot help but face some critical questions, “What will I say to console them? What will I do to remove their pains and fears of dying? Can I make them well? What will Jesus do if he were in my place?? It is a wish of every priest that every person he touches and anoints would get well like Jesus did in the gospel.

Our reading today tells that upon hearing that Jesus was around, people from all places were all coming to him and pressing upon him to touch him. Did Jesus ever face the same critical question whether he can cure a person or not, like many of us priests do? Were all the people cured when they touched him?

There was one occasion that Jesus didn’t cure a person instantly, for he was not in a proper disposition, like the story of the paralytic man. Jesus had first to forgive his sins before he made him well. But, in many cases, I believe that Jesus never hesitated to cure any person instantly, for that was what he was born for – a savior, a healer with a compassionate heart and a lover of every person.

Does Jesus continue to heal us today? Yes he does. Jesus continues to heal us through the Sacraments. All he asks us to do is to pray, to ask forgiveness for our sins, to love the Eucharist and to increase our faith. Some maybe cured. Some may not be cured. But it doesn’t mean that Jesus has made himself unreachable and untouchable. Let us do what the people did in the gospel; we keep on pressing upon him to touch him ‘til he turns his head to us and says, “Yes, my child, I feel your touch. I know what you need. Fear not you are well.” (Fr. Gerry Donato, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


There’s something about football that draws throngs of people from all over Europe. It offers a collective experience of fun, creative tension and release. Diehard fans solemnly swear that the sport itself is a religion: the players are demi-gods; the stands are pews and the cheers are hymns crying out to the heavens.

There’s something about Jesus that attracts a great multitude too, even from many distant Gentile regions. The news that a holy figure walks among them spread like wildfire and draw a mammoth crowd. So formidable are the numbers of people that the disciples must prepare a boat in case an emergency exit is needed. Like football enthusiasts, the crowd follows Jesus with fervent expectations. Unlike the fans’ desire for winning and excitement, however, the crowd in this story is most likely looking for individual healing. Why would they undertake such long and risky journeys just to encounter this charismatic preacher and healer from Nazareth? Most likely they are at the end of their rope with physical, psychological and emotional afflictions. Jesus heals many of them but not as a faceless crowd or as cold statistical numbers. He touches them personally.

There’s something about us as social creatures that long for a collective experience of joy, excitement and solidarity. Social and sporting events afford us this experience and can draw the best out of us. Religion elevates our ‘herd instinct’ by binding (re-ligare) us together on a deeper level, allowing us to commune with each other and with the source of life and goodness. A deeper relationship with our divine source makes us dramatically aware of our human brokenness and our need for personal touch and healing. We sorely long for personal affirmation, recognition and wholeness. Only God can quench our thirst. Jesus, the Son of God, singles us out and shows us that the Kingdom of God is not a religion of an anonymous crowd, but a communion of persons committed to promoting life in its fullness. (Fr. Oliver Quilob, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


January 21, 2016 Thursday

There are those of us who aspire for fame and dream of becoming a celebrity. But there are also those who do not pursue the said dream because they perceive its great dangers. They could lose their lives, suffer possible ill repercussions of fame (e.g. falling into drugs, too much spending, vices), be the object of other people’s envy, run in con ict with other famous people, lead a lonely life caused by little time spent with family/loved ones, become a prey to stalkers, scared that “people use you”, lose people’s respect and support when life is messed up.

Jesus chose not to live like a celebrity. People wanted to make him a king, but he totally rejected their plan. However, his ardent desire to proclaim and make the Kingdom of God tangible soon made him known among peoples of diff erent places. Crowds looked for him and sought to listen to him. The sick and those suff ering from various illnesses wanted to touch him and be healed by him. They saw his miracles and they would ask for more. They witnessed what he was capable of doing and they would not let him go. They would love to possess him and not allow him to go to other places.

In the gospel reading today, Jesus fulfills his ministry by setting certain limits so that “they (people) would not crush him.” He asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him. Jesus was aware of the dangers of his growing mission. He knew he had to take precautions while undertaking bold risks in serving the people. To those he healed he gave the stern warning not to make him known.

Clearly and consistently, Jesus did not seek fame but delity to his mission. He felt the urgency to bring the Good News of the Kingdom to the peripheries of society where the famous of this world would not really like to go. He rejected the path of worldly fame that would only curtail his freedom to bring the reign of God to all people, and not to a privileged few.

In our life and ministry as disciples of Jesus, sometimes we become known because of the good things that we do unto others. How do we manage our popularity? Do we end up systematically enlarging our public image to a considerable degree, or do we set limits to ourselves and to people so as to be faithful to our mission and to make the Lord the center of people’s lives? (Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD | DWC, Laoag Bible Diary 2016)



Reflection for January 22, Thursday of the Second Week; Mark 3:7-12

Reflection: Do you always go to Jesus in prayer everyday? It’s is a must for all of us believers so that He could always bless and heal us.  If we will not sought Jesus, to where would we go? We go after the ephemeral riches that this world is always offering us?

Until we become hooked to the many temporal offerings of this world. Then slowly but surely the devil will see to it that he gets hold of us as we go after the many tempting offerings of this world.

In our gospel people from all over the place went after Jesus because they knew that only Jesus could heal and help them. They sought Jesus like a priceless diamond so that they could be healed of their many sickness.

Let us learn from them by seeking Jesus as well in everyday of our life through our prayers, our presence at Holy Mass and other forms of devotions that will show our deep love for Jesus.  Let us not wait for the time that we are already sick before we embrace Jesus.

Let us go to Him now so that as we go on with our journey in this world we will have Jesus journeying also with us by our side. And as He journeys with us He will surely see to it that He will always be there for us. – Marino J. Dasmarinas



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reflection for January 21, Thursday; Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr; Mark 3:7-12

Reflection: Do you believe in the saying, to see is to believe?

Large number of people from Galilee, Judea, Jerusalem, Idulmea, Jordan, Tyre and Sidon were following Jesus because of the physical and spiritual healing that He has done for them. And after experiencing healing from Jesus they surely would spread it through word of mouth and by other means.

This kind of situation is no different in our time right now. Whenever we hear that someone heals in the name of Jesus it immediately goes viral, it spread and soon after populate the internet world. And naturally we would all go there (if we could) and see and experience it for ourselves as they say: “To see is to believe.” We therefore go to see and once we see it as if on cue we would now immediately believe.

On the other hand there’s that silent majority who follow Jesus not because of His miracles and healings. They follow Him for the simple reason that they feel it in their hearts their need for Jesus, immaterial of His miracles and healings. It doesn’t even matter if he would be able to heal or not. They follow already for their love and thirst for Jesus.

The ideal and true followers are those who follow even without experiencing miracles. Are you one of those? Or you still need to see and feel a miracle before you follow Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

THURSDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MARCOS 3:7-12. UNSA MAN ANG GIKASUK-AN UG GIKASINAHAN SA MGA TAWO KANATO? Ang ebanghelyo nagsaysay nga daghan kaayo ang mga tawo nga nagpunay’g sunod kang Hesus tungod sa mga maayong butang nga iyang gihimo. Tungod niini ang mga kadagkoan sa templo ug sa gobyerno nasuko kang Hesus. Nasina sila kay daghan man ang nagsunodsunod kaniya ug nabalaka sila nga ang mga tawo dili na motoo kanila. Sa inadlaw-adlaw natong kinabuhi, dili malikayan nga adunay mga tawo nga masuko ug masina kanato. Ala-ot kita kon ang mga tawo masina kanato tungod sa atong kalaog ug pagpaharohay. Apan bulahan kita kon sama kang Kristo adunay masuko kanato tungod sa pagbuhat og maayo. Ang pagdayeg sa Ginoo mas bililhon pa kaysa pagdayeg sa mga tawo. Posted by Abet Uy



WASTING TIME WITH GOD – Jesus’ popularity had increased and it became hard for Him to move around freely. The news of His preachings had spread all over the cities and a large crowd sought Him. He asked His disciples to secure a small boat to be away from the crowd for a while. In the end, He gave strict orders to those who had been healed not to tell others about Him.

Jesus was afraid that people sought Him other than the purpose for which He had come, which was to proclaim the Good News of salvation and not just to heal and perform miracles. While He was compassionate to those who were sick, He was more concerned about the spiritual healing of everyone.

It is interesting that Jesus decided to withdraw awhile from the crowd. He was not tired, irritated or had enough. Jesus always allotted time for Himself and the Father. In other words, Jesus prayed a lot. Prayer is the mark of a leader. It is the mark of a Christian.

Particularly, that private moment of Jesus with His Father is about seeking inspiration, asking for continued guidance,commitment to obedience, and knowing God’s will. The intimacy and bond with His Father are present throughout Jesus’ life and ministry. Human as He was and subjected to a lot of temptation, He weathered everything not on His own strength but with the Father.

We can learn from Jesus. We, too, should constantly be in touch with the Father. Our life’s direction should be in accordance with the Father’s will. We cannot but depend on Him. What we have should always be complemented by the Father’s grace.

Jesus was able to fulfill His mission because of His constant communication with the Father. We are expected to do no less. Fr. Benny Tuazon

REFLECTION QUESTION: Do you spend time communing with God every day? If not, try doing so daily and see how your life will change through the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Dearest God, make me more faithful in spending time with You each day. Amen.



January 21, 2016

REFLECTION: In an earlier set of reflections (cf. Jan 9), Jonathan was mentioned among those rare characters of the Bible who are absolutely flawless, morally seamless, as it were. In order to understand this, we must examine the overall picture of his particular circumstances.

He is King Saul’s son and apparent heir to the throne. Yet he is upstaged (if this is a correct word in this case) by young David—who, after all, is only an ignorant shepherd who happens to have been anointed successor to Saul on God’s orders. Which means that, for all intents and purposes, David is Jonathan’s dynastic rival. As long as David is alive, Jonathan’s succession to the throne is in jeopardy. But does Jonathan care about that? Not at all. He befriends David, protects him from his father’s madness, and never once sees David as a rival. His love for David is pure friendship, nothing else. And at no time does he deviate from this attitude of loving loyalty! Apparently, David’s friendship for him is worth more than a kingdom and a crown… That is what true friendship is all about. It is pure beauty.


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