|Daily Office Readings 8 February 2019 |
AM Psalm 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; PM Psalm 73 Isa. 56:1-8; Gal. 5:16-24; Mark 9:2-13
“Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved;* listen to him!” (Mark 9:7)
This is the second time a voice came from heaven declaring Jesus as the beloved Son of God. But this time it has the clause, “Listen to Him” added to it. We Christians love honoring Jesus and we should. But honoring Jesus is best done by obeying him. And in this passage the instruction to listen to him really means not only to listen to him but also to obey him. This is when we can use one of those Red Ink Bibles. The red ink highlights everything that Jesus says. Much of what Jesus says ends with the words “go” and do likewise or the implication thereof. Following such instruction honors Jesus and shows our commitment to the love of our Incarnate Creator. We can’t or shouldn’t let the Word go into our ears on Sunday and then slip out again on Monday. We must be Everyday, listening and obeying, Christians.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.
Josephine Margaret Bakhita Monastic 1947
“Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:28)
“Josephine Margaret Bakhita, F.D.C.C., (ca. 1869 – 8 February 1947) was a Sudanese-Italian Canossian religious sister active in Italy for 45 years, after having been in a slave in Sudan.
During her 42 years in Schio, Bakhita was employed as the cook, sacristan and portress (door keeper) and was in frequent contact with the local community. Her gentleness, calming voice, and ever-present smile became well known. Her special charisma and reputation for sanctity were noticed by her order; the first publication of her story (Storia Meravigliosa by Ida Zanolini) in 1931, made her famous throughout Italy.” (Wikipedia)
Bakhita’s story just goes to show that we don’t have to give evil for evil. In fact, because we know how it feels to be abused or mistreated we should be less likely to do the same to anybody else. I have suffered at the hands of a mean teacher when I attended Catholic School. As such, I don’t want any student or child or person to undergo what I went through. Having said that I still love my time there and now believe that school was foundational for my spirituality, that teacher notwithstanding. I personally would not be mean to anyone nor would I allow it to be done to anyone should I ever hear of it happening. Bakhita was employed as the cook, sacristan and portress after haven been an abused slave for many masters. Yet, she did not lose her respect for the dignity of people or herself. She blessed those who cursed her and prayed for those who mistreated her; and so should we as Christians.
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)