January 24, 2019 Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time-C ST FRANCIS DE SALES, BISHOP, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

Hebrews 7:25—8:6

Psalm 40

Mark 3:7-12

He is able to save those who approach God through him… Heb. 7:25

He had cured many and…those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.  Mk. 3:10

Lord, your fame seems to have grown far and wide.  People from everywhere were seeking your compassion and healing.  Even gentiles and pagans were coming to you.  The demons recognized you as having come from God.  You did all you could to heal as many people as possible.  But back then you could only be in one place at a time.  There are many who could not get to you.  People of other nations and times could not touch you.  That was true until you gave up your life for all on the cross.  When you rose from the dead every one of God’s creatures could be saved by you.  Anyone who repents and believes in you by living a life of faith can be cured, healed and saved.  Lord, you offered yourself as a sacrifice for me and my family.  I love you, praise you and bless you for being the perfect, sinless high priest to represent us before the Father.  Lord, I believe you are the way, the truth and the life and that we can come to the Father through you.  Amen.