Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Blaise (c.+316)—Bishop and Martyr, Patron Saint of Sufferers from Throat Diseases
1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12, Psalm (1 Chro 29:10, 11, 11-12, 12), & Mark 6-7:13
In today's Gospel reading by Saint Mark, Jesus sends His disciples out to preach, teach, and heal. However, the disciples did not go on the mission as individuals, as Our Lord sent them out in pairs. As new preachers and teachers of the Gospel, he knew they would need each other's support. He also realized that the disciples would be more effective if they relied on their companions. Our church's ordained priests and deacons had years of training in a seminary before we began our ministries. The "Twelve" had on-the-job training.
Today, Jesus calls us to preach and teach as His trusted disciples. Our Lord calls us to reach out and touch others with our love, care, and concern. In the world we live in, when most everyone is in a hurry or too busy to slow down, we can give the gift of our interest, time, and support, which may not always seem like much of a gift. However, a few minutes of truly being present to another may be the most precious gift they receive that day. Who knows, perhaps you will be blessed when someone gifts you with their attention and care at the exact moment when you need it the most.
Question of the Day: Do you bring the healing power of the Gospels to others?
Prayer: Lord, I am your devoted disciple. Help me bring Your Word to others.