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Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (2013)

Romans 15:5-6 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer ...
Almighty God, Eternal Strength for all who call on your name, we apologize and ask your forgiveness for everything we have done and every word we have spoken that have hurt others in your family. Please bless us efforts as we seek less of our will, seek to live for your glory, and seek to encourage others. In the name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (May 20, 2013)
Day: Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Sir 1:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Mark 9:14-29
Lectionary: 341
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Mark 9:14-29
14And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" 17 And one of the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; 18 and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." 19 And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." 20 And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." 23 And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" 29 And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The mighty works and signs which Jesus demonstrated that the kingdom of God is present in him. These signs attest that the Father has sent him as the promise Messiah. They invite belief in Jesus as the Son of God and redeemer of the world. The coming of God's kingdom means overcome of Satan's kingdom. Jesus' exorcisms anticipate his great victory over "the sovereign of this world". While Satan may act in the world out of detestation for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and may cause grave injuries of a spiritual nature, and not directly even of a physical nature, his power is nonetheless limited and allowed by divine providence. Jesus offers freedom from bondage to sin and Satan. There is no suffering he cannot deliver us from. Do we make full use of the safety and help he offers to those who seek him with faith and trust in his mercy? Loving Infant Jesus, help our unbelief! Increase our faith and trust in your saving power. Give us confidence and urgency, especially in prayer. And help us to bring your healing love and truth to those we meet.


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