Posted by: RAM | February 8, 2015

Monday (February 9): “Many were made well”

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of the Passion of Our Lord

Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Brother Miguel Febres Cordero (1854-1910)
Lectionary: 329

First Reading: Genesis 1:1-19
Psalms 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35:  May the Lord be glad in his works.
Gospel: Mark 6:53-56

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.

Reflection:  Do you recognize the Lord’s presence in your life? The Gospel records that when Jesus disembarked from the boat the people immediately recognized him. What did they recognize in Jesus? A prophet, a healer, the Messiah, the Son of God? For sure they recognized that Jesus had power from God to heal and to make whole bodies, limbs, minds, and hearts that were beset with disease, affliction, and sin. What happened when they pressed upon him and touched the fringe of his garment? They were made well. The Lord Jesus is ever ready to meet our needs as well. Do you approach him with expectant faith?

Faith is an entirely free gift which God makes to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Believing and trusting in God to act in our lives is only possible by the grace and help of the Holy Spirit who moves the heart and converts it to God. The Holy Spirit opens the eyes of the mind and helps us to understand, accept, and believe God’s word. How do we grow in faith? By listening to God’s word with trust and submission. Faith also grows through testing and perseverance. The Lord wants to teach us how to pray in faith for his will for our lives and for the things he wishes to give us to enable us to follow him faithfully and serve him generously.

Jesus gave his disciples the perfect prayer which acknowledges God as our Father who provides generously for his children. The Lord’s prayer teaches us to seek first the kingdom of God and to pray that God’s will be accomplished in our lives. The Lord in turn, gives us what we need to live each day for his glory. The Lord is never too distant nor too busy to meet us and to give his blessing. Do you pray to the Father with confidence that he will show you his will and give you what you need to follow him? Ask the Lord to increase your faith and gratitude for his merciful love and provision for your life.

“Lord Jesus, let my heart sing for joy in your presence. Give me eyes of faith to recognize your presence and fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may walk in your way of love and peace.” author Don Schwager © 2014 Servants of the Word

Saint of the Day: St. Apollonia (d. 249)

The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned.

While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.

There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.

Saint Brother Miguel Febres Cordero (1854-1910)

He was born Francisco Febres-Cordero Muñóz in Cuenca, Ecuador, to a politically powerful family, but was unable to stand until the age of 5. In 1864 he was enrolled by his family in a Lasallian school, soon after the arrival of the Brothers in the country. He felt called to follow their life and, overcoming strong family opposition, he was admitted to the Brothers’ novitiate on March 24, 1868, the first Ecuadorian to be received by them.

Brother Miguel, the religious name he was given upon admission to the novitiate, decided to pursue teaching as a career. He proved to be a gifted educator, and published a new text book for the teaching of Spanish in 1875, which quickly came to be used throughout the country. He also did research and authored books on literature and linguistics, which earned him membership in the Ecuadorian Academy of Letters in 1892, followed by the Academies of Spain, France, and Venezuela.

In 1907, Brother Miguel was sent to Belgium to translate texts into Spanish, which were to be used by the Christian Brothers who had just been driven out from France. In 1909, he was transferred to the Brothers’ novitiate at Premià de Mar in Spain, due to a breakdown in his health, where he oversaw an evacuation of his charges to Barcelona during an outbreak of civil unrest. Shortly thereafter, he contracted pneumonia and died at Premià.

On October 30, 1977, Febres was beatified by Pope Paul VI and on October 21, 1984, Pope John Paul II canonized Brother Miguel Febres Cordero. His remains are preserved for veneration at a sanctuary dedicated to him in Quito.

More Saints of the Day:

·       St. Alexander
·       St. Alto
·       St. Ammon
·       St. Ansbert
·       St. Teilo
·       St. Cronan the Wise
·       St. Cuaran
·       St. Eingan
·       St. Raynald of Nocera
·       St. Nebridius
·       St. Nicephorus
·       St. Michael Febres Cordero
·       Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerick
·       St. Miguel Febres Cordero

 Let me be the change I want to be. Even if I am not the light, I can be the spark. @Pontifex RAM


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