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Catholic Mass Readings for January 8 2020, Wednesday after Epiphany, Year A – Daily Homily

Today’s Audio Catholic Readings for January 8 2020 – Lectionary: 214

Mass Readings for January 8 2020, Wednesday after Epiphany, Year A
1st Reading 1 John 4:11-18
Responsorial Psalm Psalms 72:1-2, 10, 12-13
Alleluia 1 Timothy 3:16
Gospel Mark 6:45-52

Audio Catholic Mass Readings for January 8 2020 are sourced from USCCB

1st Reading – 1 John 4:11-18

Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
that he has given us of his Spirit.
Moreover, we have seen and testify
that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.
Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God remains in him and he in God.
We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
In this is love brought to perfection among us,
that we have confidence on the day of judgment
because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love,
but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 72:1-2, 10, 12-13

R. (see 11) Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts;
the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Alleluia – SEE 1 Timothy 3:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to you, O Christ, proclaimed to the Gentiles.
Glory to you, O Christ, believed in throughout the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – Mark 6:45-52

After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied,
Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida,
while he dismissed the crowd.
And when he had taken leave of them,
he went off to the mountain to pray.
When it was evening,
the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.
Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing,
for the wind was against them.
About the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
He meant to pass by them.
But when they saw him walking on the sea,
they thought it was a ghost and cried out.
They had all seen him and were terrified.
But at once he spoke with them,
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down.
They were completely astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves.
On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

Tomorrow’s Catholic Daily Readings for 9th January 2020, Thursday after Epiphany, Year A – Daily Homily

Catholic Daily Homily – Mass Readings for January 8 2020, Wednesday after Epiphany, Year A

Today’s Homily Theme: Reflecting on the Experience of Grace

Saint of the Day – January 8 2020

After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray. Mark 6:45-46

What were the people thinking as Jesus left them? They had been with Him for a few days without food, Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed them all, they were astounded at the miraculous feeding, and then Jesus left them and went off by Himself to pray. Imagine their thoughts and the conversation that the people would have had at this experience!

Perhaps some would have tried to come up with some rational explanation as to the multiplication of food, others would have believed in a miracle wholeheartedly, and others would have been uncertain about what to think. This is the experience we often have when we encounter the power and grace of God in our lives.

We may not see actual physical miracles every day. In fact, we may never encounter one in this lifetime. But if we are open, we will experience the power of God alive in our lives on a regular basis. Most often it will be subtle and hidden, but at times it will be clear and transforming. The first question is whether or not we have the eyes of faith to see God at work, and the second question is whether or not we let His activity transform us.

As the crowds dispersed, this second question would have been posed to them interiorly by God. They just witnessed the power of God, and now that they had this experience, they were each called to let it transform them. They were called to walk away, savor what happened, believe in it and allow it to sink in.

Reflect, today, upon the presence of God in your life. How has God spoken to you, helped you and been there in your time of need. It’s easy to quickly forget what God does. The goal is to hold on to all that He has done and allow that activity to continue ministering to our hearts. Ponder, this day, His workings of the past so that those acts of Love by God may continue to bear fruit in your life today.

Lord, I know that You have been alive and active in my life in countless ways. Help me to hold on to those gifts of grace always. Help me to let Your presence in my life be a continual source of trust in Your perfect plan. And when it appears as if You have left, help me to know that You are always near and always working in my life. Jesus, I trust in You.
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