It is 3rd February 2017. We celebrate the memorial of St Blaise, Bishop and the Martyr, who is the patron saint of wool combers; and is invoked for the cure of sore throats.; and St. Ansgar, the Bishop, who is known as the “Apostle of the Northern Europe.” The readings are from Hebrews 13:1-8; and the Gospel from Mark 6:14-29. The first reading reminds us about our moral duty towards the other in showing our love especially towards the strangers, the refugees, the homeless, the prisoners through our generous and unprejudiced hospitality. Let not greed and governance chase people out of our territories. Life is a gift from God and therefore it needs to be shared with everyone. We all need to open our hearts wider to be kind, considerate, generous and hospitable to those who live among us as brothers and sisters from other countries, cultures and creed. Our serenity and sanctity depends the way we treat the others. Fraternal love, family bonding and mastering the virtues of purity, tranquility, joy, goodwill, charity, enriching faith, instilling hope, are having kindly words are to be clothed as our Christian identity daily. We lose all these qualities when we are greedy, selfish and selective in loving others. Marriage is sacred and therefore everyone needs to be extremely careful not allow anyone especially the adulterers and fornicators to invade our sacred space of union and bonding between the couples. There is no need to fear. God promises us: “I will never leave you or forsake you… With the Lord to help me, I fear nothing: what can anyone do to me?” (Heb.13:5,6). Whether in a marriage, or being a humble single Christian, our focus must be in Christ Jesus. “He is the same today as He was yesterday and as He will be for ever.” (Heb.13:8) The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord is my light and my help.” (Ps.26:1). The Gospel strengthens us telling when the political situations around us opposing all that we hold so close to our spiritual and social welfare, we need to stand for the truth and justice. Peace comes by standing for God. Our Lord is with us and therefore we do not need to be afraid of any selfish and arrogant leaders who mislead God’s people for their personal, evil hidden agenda. May you have a good day.

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