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February 1, 2009, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“They all began to ask one another: What does this mean? A completely new teaching in a spirit of authority!” (Mark 1:27)

READINGS:
1. Deuteronomy 18:15-20
2. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
3. Gospel Mark 1:21-28

REFLECTION: What was about Jesus that made others sit up and take notice? He spoke to the needs of the human heart and to the human problems of his time. He addresses a people caught in spiritual darkness and turned on for them a light of hope. He promised his abiding Presence and the compassion, kindness, and strength of his Holy Spirit.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, although Son of God, you became one of us, lived among us, and taught us how to live. Give us the faith and confidence to turn to you in all our needs for the guidance and direction which you offer. Amen.

FAMILY DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY:

*Monday*:
This month we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord and the Feast of St. Blaise. Both of these feasts remind us of candles, which bring light. Pray today before a lighted candle.

*Tuesday*:
In the Gospel readings Sunday, we are made aware of the authority that came from Jesus. Go to Jesus today as your “authority” when confronted with difficult situations.

*Wednesday*:
Reflect today with the family if possible about the convictions you share that you are afraid or hesitant to act upon.

*Thursday*:
Have a special dinner tonight with lots of candles. After dinner, pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary for world evangelization to Christ.

*Friday*:
Take quiet time today to reflect on your own witness to the gospel message of Jesus.

*Saturday*:
As witness to the Gospel, make a donation of time or money to the poor.

PRAYER: Lord God, shine your light into us. Help us to use our minds for your good and for the good of all people. Stir us up. Save us from laziness and indifference. Amen.



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