One Minute Reflection – 31 January – Thursday of the Third week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Mark 4:21–25 and The Memorial of St John Bosco (1815-1888)
And he said to them, “The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given,
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”…Mark 4:24–25
REFLECTION – “Brothers and sisters, the Lord’s scales are different from ours. He weighs people and their actions differently – God does not measure quantity but quality, He examines the heart, He looks at the purity of intentions. This means that our “giving” to God in prayer and to others in charity should always steer clear of ritualism and formalism, as well as of the logic of calculation and must be an expression of gratuity, as Jesus did with us – He saved us freely. And we must do things as an expression of gratuity. “…Pope Francis – Angelus, 11 November 2018
PRAYER – We praise You, Lord, for calling St John Bosco to be a loving father and prudent guide of the young. Give us his fervent zeal for souls and the graces You granted him, making him in a servant of all. Enable us, O Lord, to live for You alone and to see in all, Your image. For the more we give of ourselves in total love of You and Your children, the more You will shower down Your grace. Grant we pray, that we may become a shining beacon of the salvation which comes to us in Christ. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God with You, forever and ever, amen.