Readings 20150205

The following reflection is courtesy of (c) 2015. Their website is located at


“You have drawn near…to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.” —Hebrews 12:22, 24
Pope John Paul II has taught: “This blood, which flows from the pierced side of Christ on the Cross (cf Jn 19:34), ‘speaks more graciously’ than the blood of Abel; indeed, it expresses and requires a more radical ‘justice,’ and above all it implores mercy, it makes intercession for the brethren before the Father (cf Heb 7:25), and it is the source of perfect redemption and the gift of new life” (The Gospel of Life, 25).

This is a golden age of martyrdom. Pope St. John Paul II wrote: “At the end of the second millennium, the Church has once again become a Church of martyrs. The persecutions of believers…[have] caused a great sowing of martyrdom in different parts of the world. The witness to Christ [is] borne even to the shedding of blood” (Towards the Third Millennium, 37). Like Abel’s blood, the blood of the martyrs cries out for justice. “They cried out…: ‘How long will it be, O Master, holy and true, before You judge our cause and avenge our blood?’ ” (Rv 6:10) Like Jesus’ blood, the blood of the martyrs cries out for us: “Lord, have mercy!”

Because of the hundreds of millions of surgical and chemical abortions committed each year in the world, we live in oceans of innocent, shed blood (cf 2 Kgs 21:16). The blood of these babies cries out with Jesus’ blood for mercy on the people of the culture of death (The Gospel of Life, 25). The blood of Abel, Jesus, martyrs, and babies is crying. By repentance, wash your robes “in the blood of the Lamb,” Jesus (Rv 7:14). Receive the mercy of Jesus.

Prayer: Jesus, when I receive Your precious Body and Blood in Holy Communion (see Jn 6:53ff), may I receive and give mercy. Promise: “They expelled many demons, anointed the sick with oil, and worked many cures.” —Mk 6:13 Praise: St. Peter denied Christ three times. St. Agatha, as she was being tortured, was asked three times to deny Christ. She held fast to Jesus each time and received the crown of life (see Rv 2:10).
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The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at
What kind of authority and power does the Lord want you to exercise on his behalf? Jesus gave his apostles both the power and the authority to speak and to act in his name. He commanded them to do the works which he did – to heal the sick. to cast out evil spirits, and to speak the word of God – the good news of the gospel which they received from Jesus. When Jesus spoke of power and authority he did something unheard of. He wedded power and authority with self-sacrificing love and humility. The “world” and the “flesh” seek power for selfish gain. Jesus teaches us to use it for the good of our neighbor.
Why does Jesus tell the apostles to “travel light” with little or no provision? “Poverty of spirit” frees us from greed and preoccupation with our possessions and makes ample room for God’s provision. The Lord wants his disciples to be dependent on him and not on themselves. He wills to work in and through each of us for his glory. Are you ready to use the spiritual authority and power which God wishes you to exercise on his behalf? The Lord entrusts us with his gifts and talents. Are you eager to place yourself at his service, to do whatever he bids you, and to witness his truth and saving power to whomever he sends you?

“Lord Jesus, make me a channel of your healing power and merciful love that others may find abundant life and freedom in you. Free me from all other attachments that I may joyfully pursue the treasure of your heavenly kingdom. May I witness the joy of the Gospel both in word and deed.”