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Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Psalm 18:1-2: I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we love you. We love you because you are more than worthy of our love. We love you because you have first loved us. We love you because you sent your son to pay the price for our adoption into your family. We love you because of your faithfulness. We love you because you have permitted us in your grace to love you. In the name of Infant Jesus we thank you. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (February 03, 2013)
Day: Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Heb 11:32-40
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 31:20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Mark 5:1-20
Lectionary: 323
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Mark 5:1-20
1They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of Gerasenes. 2And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain; 4for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones. 6And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him; 7and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me." 8For he had said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" 9And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion; for we are many." 10And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country. 11Now a great herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; 12and they begged him, "Send us to the swine, let us enter them." 13So he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea. 14The herdsmen fled, and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15And they came to Jesus, and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the man who had the legion; and they were afraid. 16And those who had seen it told what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine. 17And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighborhood. 18And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19But he refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." 20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decap'olis how much Jesus had done for him; and all men marveled.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus took pity on the man who was overtaken by a host of evil spirits. The destructive force of these demons is obvious for all who can see as they flee and destroy a herd of swine. After Jesus untied the demoniac the whole city came out to meet him. No one had established such power and authority against the forces of Satan as Jesus did. They feared Jesus as a consequence and begged him to leave them. Why would they not want Jesus to stay? Perhaps the price for such release from the power of evil and sin was more than they wanted to pay. Jesus is ready and willing to free us from anything that binds us and that keeps us from the love of God. Are we willing to part with everything that might keep us from his love and saving grace? Loving Infant Jesus, unbind us that we may love you completely and walk in the freedom of your way of life and holiness. May there be nothing which keeps us from the joy of living in your presence.


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