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March 8, 2019

Mk 9: 14-15

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Awaiting God’s finished work

Have you ever lost your appetite because you were sad, shocked, disappointed or afraid? What are the things in your life and our world that make you sad?

Fasting is an ancient religious practice that helps to develop the virtue of self-control. It is also a way of identifying with those around us who suffer in various ways. Based on today’s Gospel reading, fasting is also a way of mourning the unfinished world in which we live. God’s kingdom is not fully present yet. Christ the Bridegroom has been taken from us. While we are awaiting God’s finished work and the full manifestation of God’s reign, there are times when we should push away the food and drink that can give a false sense of satisfaction that may tempt us to forget our hurting neighbors. Will today be such a day for me?

—Mark McNeil is the assistant principal for formation at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I choose to give up some pleasure or satisfaction today. Please fill the emptiness

—Mark McNeil

 

 

 

 

 


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March 8, 2019

Mk 9: 14-15

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Awaiting God’s finished work

Have you ever lost your appetite because you were sad, shocked, disappointed or afraid? What are the things in your life and our world that make you sad?

Fasting is an ancient religious practice that helps to develop the virtue of self-control. It is also a way of identifying with those around us who suffer in various ways. Based on today’s Gospel reading, fasting is also a way of mourning the unfinished world in which we live. God’s kingdom is not fully present yet. Christ the Bridegroom has been taken from us. While we are awaiting God’s finished work and the full manifestation of God’s reign, there are times when we should push away the food and drink that can give a false sense of satisfaction that may tempt us to forget our hurting neighbors. Will today be such a day for me?

—Mark McNeil is the assistant principal for formation at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I choose to give up some pleasure or satisfaction today. Please fill the emptiness

—Mark McNeil

 

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!