February 6, 2013
St. Paul Miki, SJ and Jesuit Martyrs of Japan
Mark 6: 1-6
He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.
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The Face of Christ
The tragic beauty of the face of Christ
shines in the face of man;
The abandoned old live on
in shabby rooms, far from inner comfort.
Outside, in the street
din and purpose, the world like a fiery animal
reined in by youth. Within
a pallid tiring heart
shuffles about its dwelling.
Northing, or so little, comes of life’s promise.
Out of broken men, despised minds
what does one make—
a roadside show, a graveyard of the heart?
The Christian God reproves
faithless ranting minds
crushing like upper and lower stones
all life between;
Christ, fowler of street and hedgerow
of cripples and the distempered old
—eyes blind as woodknots,
tongues tight as immigrants—
takes in his gospel net
all the hue and cry of existence.
Heaven, of such imperfection
wary, ravaged, wild?
Yes. Compel them in.
—Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
—Excerpted from Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, © 1993 Institute of Jesuit Sources
, St. Louis MO
Be at Peace
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for
you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
—Saint Francis De Sales
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