Posted by: RAM | January 31, 2016

Monday (February 1): “Tell them how much the Lord has done for you”

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

Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 323

First Reading: 2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13
Psalms 3:2-7:   Lord, rise up and save me.
Gospel: Mark 5:1-20
Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea,
to the territory of the Gerasenes.
When he got out of the boat,
at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him.
The man had been dwelling among the tombs,
and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain.
In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains,
but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed,
and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides
he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones.
Catching sight of Jesus from a distance,
he ran up and prostrated himself before him,
crying out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I adjure you by God, do not torment me!”
(He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”)
He asked him, “What is your name?”
He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.”
And he pleaded earnestly with him
not to drive them away from that territory.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside.
And they pleaded with him,
“Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.”
And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine.
The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea,
where they were drowned.
The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town
and throughout the countryside.
And people came out to see what had happened.
As they approached Jesus,
they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion,
sitting there clothed and in his right mind.
And they were seized with fear.
Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened
to the possessed man and to the swine.
Then they began to beg him to leave their district.
As he was getting into the boat,
the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him.
But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,
“Go home to your family and announce to them
all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.”
Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis
what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.

Reflection: Do you ever feel driven by forces beyond your strength? A man driven mad by the evil force of a legion found refuge in the one person who could set him free. A legion is no small force – but an army more than 5,000 strong! For the people of Palestine, hemmed in by occupied forces, a legion, whether spiritual or human, struck terror! Legions at their wildest committed unmentionable atrocities.Our age has also witnessed untold crimes and mass destruction at the hands of possessed rulers and their armies.

What is more remarkable – the destructive force of this driven and possessed man – or the bended knee at Jesus’ feet imploring mercy and release? God’s word reminds us that no destructive force can keep anyone from the peace and safety which God offers to those who seek his help. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you. ..Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your habitation (Psalm 91:7,9).

Jesus took pity on the man who was overtaken by a legion of evil spirits. The destructive force of these demons is evident for all who can see as they flee and destroy a herd of swine. After Jesus freed the demoniac the whole city came out to meet him. No one had demonstrated such power and authority against the forces of Satan as Jesus did. They feared Jesus as a result and begged him to leave them. Why would they not want Jesus to stay? Perhaps the price for such liberation 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 you willing to part with anything that might keep you from his love and saving grace?

“Lord Jesus, unbind me that I may love you wholly and walk in the freedom of your way of life and holiness. May there be nothing which keeps me from the joy of living in your presence.” author Don Schwager © 2016 Servants of the Word

Saints of the Day: St. Brigid of Kildare, Patron of Ireland, dairymaids, cattle, midwives, Irish nuns, and newborn babies (c. 452-c. 524)
The known facts about St. Brigid of Kildare are few, but she is revered as one of Ireland’s three patron saints (along with Patrick and Columba).

What we do know is that she was a fifth-century nun who founded the Abbey of Kildare, southwest of Dublin. Both monks and nuns lived there, and many accounts record that Brigid served as superior of both the men and women. In any event, the Abbey of Kildare contributed significantly to the spread of Christianity throughout Ireland at a time when traditional Irish religion was disappearing.

Many miracles have been attributed to Brigid. What is more certain is that she was an extraordinary woman who was known especially for her generosity to the poor. Because of the prominence the Abbey of Kildare gained under Brigid’s leadership, she is considered the special patron of scholars. Her feast day is observed on February 1.

More Saints of the Day
Bl. Luigi Variara
Bl. Andrea Carlo Ferrari
Bl. Andrew of Segni
Bl. Anne-Francoise de Villeneuve
Bl. Anne Hmard
Bl. Anthony Manzi
St. Brigid
St. Brigid of Ireland
Bl. Catherine Cottenceau
St. Cinnia
St. Crewanna
St. Darulagdach
Bl. Francoise Bonneau
Bl. Francoise Michau
Bl. Francoise Pagis Roulleau
Bl. Gabrielle Androuin
St. Jarlath
Bl. Jeanne Bourigault
Bl. Jeanne Fouchard Chalonneau
Bl. Jeanne Gruget Doly
Bl. Jeanne-Marie Sailland d’Epinatz
St. John of the Grating
St. Kinnia
Bl. Louise-Aimee Dean de Luigne
Bl. Louise Rallier de la Tertiniere Dean de Luigne
Bl. Luigi Variara
Bl. Madeleine Blond
Bl. Madeleine Cady
Bl. Madeleine Perrotin Rousseau
Bl. Madeleine Sailland d’Epinatz
Bl. Madeleine Salle
Bl. Marguerite Riviere Huau
Bl. Marguerite Robin
Bl. Marie Cassin
Bl. Marie-Genevieve Poulain de la Forestrie
Bl. Marie Grillard
Bl. Marie-Jeanne Chauvigne Rorteau
Bl. Marie Lenee Lepage Varance
Bl. Marie Leroy Brevet
Bl. Marie Pichery Delahaye
Bl. Marie Roualt Bouju
Bl. Marthe Poulain de la Forestrie
St. Paul of Trois Chateaux
Bl. Perrine Androuin
Bl. Perrine Besson
Bl. Perrine Bourigault
Bl. Perrine Grille
Bl. Perrine-Jeanne Sailland d’Epinatz
Bl. Perrine Laurent
Bl. Perrine Ledoyen
Bl. Perrine Phelyppeaux Sailland
Bl. Perrine-Renee Potier Turpault
Bl. Pierre Tessier
St. Pionius
Bl. Renee Grillard
Bl. Renee Marie Feillatreau
Bl. Renee Martin
Bl. Renee Regault Papin
Bl. Renee Seichet Dacy
Bl. Renee Valin
Bl. Rose Quenion
St. Seiriol
Bl. Simone Chauvigne Charbonneau
Bl. Suzanne Androuin
St. Ursus of Aosta
St. Veridiana
Bl. Victoire Bauduceau Reveillere

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