Monday JANUARY 15
Second Week in Ordinary Time
Be led by the Holy Spirit
  • 1 Samuel 15:16-
  • Psalm 50:8-9,16-17,21,23
  • Mark 2:18-22

The Gospel proclamation talks about the contrast between new and old traditions. Jesus is conveying that his presence with his disciples is a time of celebration and joy, and fasting is not appropriate during this period. How- ever, he also says that there will be a time for fasting. His teachings represent something new that requires a fresh perspective and mindset to fully embrace. The analogies he uses highlight the importance of compatibility and receptivity to change when it comes to spiritual matters. Fasting is not limited to food but also words, thoughts, desires, feeling and emotions. How do I handle my situations and my activities? Are they pleasing to God? His teachings are like new wine, and they require a receptive and flexible mindset to understand and integrate. We must allow the Holy Spirit to minister to our lives. We should have broader views on spiritual life. Every moment we should be led by the Holy Spirit, which will bring new meaning to our lives.

Abba Father, empower me to be receptive to your Word. Amen.

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