February 6, 2021
St. Paul Miki and Companions
A Bunch of Todays
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.
Mark 6:33

What impels the people to pursue Jesus with such determination? I suggest two things: his teachings and his person. His teachings on love, faith, forgiveness, prayer and justice touched the people to their core. They wanted more. And his very being embodied all the things he taught.

What prompts us to pursue Jesus? Isn’t it the same things? His message resonates in our hearts; his person draws us to become ever more like him.

Following Jesus—to embody his teachings—is the work of a lifetime. But what, after all, is a lifetime? It is merely a stringing together of a bunch of todays.Jesus, help me to pursue you with determination and follow you with great love—just for today.

- Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21 • Psalm 23:1-6 Mark 6:30-34

Comments

February 7, 2021 at 12:11 AM

Amen to all and God bless us.

February 6, 2021 at 04:24 PM

Thank you Sr. Melannie for today's devotion. Today! I don't think Jesus thinks about yesterday or tomorrow. Today! What will you do for me "Today"! Prayers for those in need in our Living Faith family.

February 6, 2021 at 02:19 PM

Amen. :)

February 6, 2021 at 10:26 AM

Salina, you and I are on the same page, I too love Psalm 23. Are we in like sheep, searching for more handing on every word, looking for a Shepherd. Well I think most of us are, but this or that takes our eyes of our true Shepherd, Jesus. Today, know in your heart Jesus is coming back for you to the one that got away. he has the 99, but is still searching for you, us each and everyday and will not rest until we all have come home to him. Yes, Jesus is the Good Shepherd, we all seek. If today you hear his voice, herded not your hearts. Come sit for a while by the shore and listen to him. Pick up his word and listen to him speak to you and only you in his teachings. We are truly blessed to have Jesus as our Good Shepherd. Prayers for our Living Faith Family, for all of those who do not have anyone to pray for them and for all of the souls in Purgatory, that they may all be reunited in Christ. Amen.

February 6, 2021 at 09:50 AM

I love Psalm 23 and it is my husband's favorite :-) ***Let's look at Hebrews 13:14-17, "Brothers and sisters: Through Jesus, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess His Name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind. Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account." *1)Offer God a sacrifice of praise! How and what? Through Jesus with lips that confess His Name :-) *2)Do good and share! Why? God is pleased :-) *3)Obey leaders! Why? Watch over us and they give account :-) ***Psalm 23 - Are you a sheep? I am! Who is your Shepherd? Jesus! Do you see pity when you look into Jesus' eyes? Yes! ***Lord Jesus, You are my Shepherd! There is nothng I shall want :-) ***The Lord's My Shepherd by Stuart Townend https://youtu.be/-eIQQayhpak Amen!

Sham Peter Narine Respond to comment
February 6, 2021 at 09:49 AM

Thanks Sr Melannie for today's devotion. Obedience to leaders for the greater good of everyone, obedience must be given to legitimate authority. When we disobey our leaders, we might be led astray or we might divide the community and be the losers in the end. If the leader does not receive support from the community, he loses his morale to serve and eventually may give up the leadership when he feels he can no longer carry on or accomplish the task he has been appointed to. But when leaders are accepted, supported and encouraged they will be able to do more and more for the people under their charge. Leaders have a duty to teach the word of God and live out what they teach by the way they live out their lives. Unless, they are living the life of Christ, they cannot command obedience from their flock. Prayer for all the living faith family members. Have a blessed day everyone.

February 6, 2021 at 09:43 AM

He had pity and began to teach them. Oh that the crowds would pursue Him like that today.

February 6, 2021 at 07:08 AM

The Imation of Christ, by Father,Thomas A Kempis is a wonderful resource that Christian's have been using for centuries. Just my humble opinion. Peace be with you all!

kjc
February 6, 2021 at 12:47 PM

Daniel and the Living Faith family I am sharing some of Thomas Kempis words from the book Imitation of Christ "Love is a strong force — a great good in every way; it alone can make our burdens light, and alone it bears in equal balance what is pleasing and displeasing. It carries a burden and does not feel it; it makes all that is bitter taste sweet. ... Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing higher, nothing stronger, nothing larger, nothing more joyful, nothing fuller, nothing better in heaven or on earth; for love is born of God and can find its rest only in God above all He has created. Such lovers fly high, run swiftly and rejoice. Their souls are free; they give all for all and have all in all. For they rest in One supreme Goodness above all things, from Whom all other good flows and proceeds. They look not only at the gifts, but at the Giver, Who is above all gifts." — Thomas à Kempis, p. 108 Reading and Homilies and Mass Intention found 0n Your Morning Offering trinity road .com Please pray for the essential workers and their families, souls in purgatory, those people who have no one to pray for them. Snow is pretty but not fun to drive in. Ken

azmom
February 6, 2021 at 07:50 AM

Yes it is Daniel. It’s a book everyone should read. It will bring you closer to God and help you know who He really is.

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