St Blaise, bishop & martyr; St Ansgar, bishop
4th Week in Ordinary Time : Thursday 3rd February 2022
1 Kgs. 2:1-4,10-12; (R. Ps.) 1 Chr. 29:10,11-12;
Mk.6:7-13 (Ps Wk IV)
In today’s first reading from the Book of Kings, we have the touching story of David as his life draws to a close, giving his last instructions to his son Solomon, who will replace him as King. Parents always want the best for their children, and David is no exception. He wants his son to be successful and that the promises made to him by God will be fulfilled. He encourages his son to be strong and live an upright life according to the commandments of God. Then he will be a good leader of Israel. Knowing that his life’s work is now complete, David can go in peace to his resting place.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is likewise training His followers to continue His Mission after Him. Jesus wants to pass on to them all that the Father had made known to Him. They will be the ones to keep His mission alive. Each of our lives influences others, and each of us has our particular contribution to make in this universe. Today is a good day to reflect on what we treasure most in life and what we wish to pass on to those coming after us, our children, our successors, our friends.
Lord, thank You that I have my part to play in Your plan of salvation.