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Mark 1: 14-20

Monday in the First Week of Ordinary Time What if I asked you today if you are living your life knowing that the Kingdom of God is at hand? It reminds me about how everyone makes their “new year’s resolutions” and, right about this time, there may have been that one day when it was easier to sleep in instead of going to the gym. Often times, just one missed day is enough to discourage someone. Then you have those who, after they fail the first time, repent and continue on. Quitting smoking may be difficult, but the freedom from desiring to smoke another cigarette is a greater prize. In the same way, the freedom from sin should move us to turn to God and believe in the Gospel. Yes, losing weight weight requires a lot of hard work, but building the habit of exercise and healthy eating proportions brings with it a freedom. In the same way, we can make a habit of turning to Jesus in our weakness, and in that, viewing all things with a healthy “indifference” through that love and reliance. I hope that at the end of our lives, we will be standing among those who have chosen to live a life beyond the mediocre, safe life of denying our call to holiness. May Our Lord guide our actions and thoughts today.

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Ordinary Thoughts in Ordinary Time, Theo Tigno

Mark 1: 21-28

Tuesday in the First Week of Ordinary Time What time did you choose to get up this morning? What did you choose to eat for breakfast, or did you even eat breakfast? What did you choose to say to someone today? How much of that do you take for granted? God has dominion over all creation. How much is His trust in us, then, that He allows us to choose to be obedient? How much is His trust in us that we can choose His ways in even the littlest thoughts? How much is His trust in us that He allows us to choose sin? Can you imagine if Jesus did the same thing to us as He did with the unclean spirit? With one command, we would all obey Him and we would never sin again. He could, but He doesn’t. It’s just another way we know how much God loves us: that He would never take away our free will to choose Him He would never force us to love Him because of how much He loves us. That makes me want to obey Him even more. Lord, give me the grace to choose You.

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Mark 1: 29-39

Wednesday in the First Week of Ordinary Time Normally when a major disaster strikes, you see people rise up and go to help. Is it hard to imagine that God, whom we are made in the image and likeness of, would come to us in this way? Is it hard to imagine that God continues to give His healing to us today? Is it hard to imagine that just in the past year, God has worked something in your heart through His grace that will allow you to know Him and freely give praise to Him? We are not done yet. He is still working in us daily, healing us of the things we need to be healed of. It is up to us to remain faithful. Over the past few days, my prayers have gravitated to being “obedient through hope.� Let us continue to place our hope in Our Lord that all things in our lives will lead us and heal us so that we can be with Him eternally. Lord, grasp my hand, for i have a sickness that You alone can heal. Everyone is looking for You, and so i beg You, Lord, in Your time, i believe that You can heal me according to Your will. Lord, i wait on Your command for when at last my sickness will be healed and for when You desire my availability. Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening. Speak, Lord, and i shall be healed.

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Ordinary Thoughts in Ordinary Time, Theo Tigno

Mark 2: 1-12

Thursday in the First Week of Ordinary Time “He stretched out His hand...” When a baby is crying, a mother stretches out her hand to comfort her child ... During communion, a priest, standing “in the person of Christ” stretches out his arm to administer communion ... When the time for Jesus came to reconcile humanity, He stretched out His arms on the cross ... The act of love goes beyond ourselves. Whene we hear the words of Our Lord to love, it is to go beyond ourselves and be present to all we are called to love. We must “stretch” ourselves beyond our means and beyond our comfort levels in order to love ... To love as Christ loves. The leper was cleansed because he encountered Christ and was open to be changed by Him. Whenever we have the opportunity to encounter Christ ourselves, whether it’s in the sacraments, scripture, community or in prayer, we must remind ourselves that we need to be soil instead of stone. In all our encounters with Christ, let’s be mindful that each encounter with Him can change us, even if we may not feel or see the effects directly as the leper did. We may not see the blessing, but the blessing is indeed there. God’s mercy is an act of His will. Let us be moved by this knowledge so that we will not separate ourselves from His mercy.

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Mark 2: 13-17

Friday in the First Week of Ordinary Time Who brought you before Christ? What “brokenness” did others see in you that helped open your heart to His mercy and healing? There is a saying that goes something to the effect of the friends a person has tells a lot about the person. Who do you surround yourself with? Who in your life can be the friend that brings you closer to Christ? Who are you afraid to get to know deeper because it would mean that they would challenge you more (for the better)? It’s hard to think of ourselves as paralytics, but we all have some means of brokenness that will lead us to Christ, and it often takes surrounding ourselves with people who have been there before. I pray that there will be many people who you have to cut roofs open for in order that you can bring them closer to Our Lord. I pray that there is someone praying for you right now that you can continue to grow closer to Our Lord. I pray that you humbly hear His call and persevere despite of the many people in your way. Most of all, I pray that you humbly remain with Him.

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Ordinary Thoughts in Ordinary Time - Sample  
Ordinary Thoughts in Ordinary Time - Sample  

Gospel reflections for Ordinary Time in the Church calendar. The material is written by Theo Tigno, who started Dawg's thought in 1995.