Readings and Reflection for January 28 Thursday, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church (M)


“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, rind let us consider how to stir up one another to love. ”
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 10: 19-25)

Brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let ‘us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with Birr hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodie9 washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM     Psalm 24:1-2.3-4ab.3-6 (R. see 6)
R. These are the people who seek your face, O Lord.

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world, and all who dwell in it.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the rivers he made it firm. R.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The clean of hands and pure of heart,
whose soul is not set on vain things. R.

R. These are the people who seek your face, O Lord.

Blessings from the Lord shall he receive,
and right reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the people who seek him, ‘
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. R.

Alleluia. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light to my path. Alleluia.

A lamp is brought in to be put on a stand. The measure you give will be the measure you get.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 4:21 -25)

At that time: Jesus said to the crowd, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Today’s Reflection
Yesterday we noted that Jesus is everything for us and so we must endeavor to prepare a dwelling place for him in our lives. In doing that, we are bound to face some challenges. Nonetheless, we must persevere in Christ; It would be unwise to look for other means of getting solutions when he is the supreme power. If you persevere in him, he will reward you with abundance. St John Bosco faced a lot of challenges during his ministry form both civil and religious leaders (even from his boys). Sometimes it would seem that he had come to a dead end. Yet he continued to thrive through his faith in divine providence. Trust God today and carry on; he will never abandon you.


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