James 1:12-18 / Mark 8:14-21
James talks about temptation: Temptation precedes sin.
In his book Voyage to Windward, J. C. Furnas includes a thought-provoking story about Robert Louis Stevenson, author of the classic story Treasure Island. In his youth, Stevenson was filled with curiosity and superstition. In his late adolescense, he carried about on his body a formula for summoning forth the devil. “What a strange thing to do!” we say. What kind of person would do a thing like that? The truth is that we all do things like this. We do it when we place ourselves in a situation which we know has led us into temptation in the past. This is what James warns us about in today’s reading.
James 1:1-11 / Mark 8:11-13
James talks about death: Death comes to all, rich and poor alike.
It’s fascinating to note how People magazine selects the people who will appear on its cover. The editors have an unwritten law that young people are preferable to old people, TV stars are preferable to movie stars, and athletes are preferable to politicians.
1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34 / Mark 8:1-10
Jeroboam fears tribal reunion: He thwarted worship in Jerusalem.
In May 1915, the Germans sank the United States passenger ship the Lusitania. They claimed it was carrying munitions to be used against them. United States officials denied the charge. They went even further. They used the sinking of the Lusitania to mobilize public opinion to get the United States into World War I. Later it was proven that the Lusitania was carrying munitions, and that the United States officials knew it.
The Son of God proclaimed to you
was never Yes and No;
with him it was always Yes.
That is why it is through Christ
that we say our Yes to God.
May the Spirit of Jesus be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19 / Mark 7:31-37
The twelve tribes split: Solomon’s sins affected the people.
One of the most critical battles in history was the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium in 1813. Had the outcome of that battle been different, the history of the world may have been quite different. At Waterloo,. England’s Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon and his French army.
1 Kings 11:4-13 / Mark 7:24-30
Solomon’s wives influence him: They turned his heart from God.
Theodore White makes a surprising observation in his book The Mountain Road. He says that if you put a chunk of pure gold next to a chunk of pure silver, something unusual and unexpected will happen. Invisible flecks of silver will cross over and embed themselves in the gold. And specks of the gold will cross over and embed themselves in the silver. What happens to metal happens to people also. When people are put in close contact, parts of their character and values cross over and embed themselves in the other. This crossover can be for good or for evil.
1 Kings 10:1-10 / Mark 7:14-23
The Queen speaks about Solomon: “Your people are fortunate to have you.”
“Not until I became a mother did I understand how much my mother sacrificed for me; not until I became a mother did I understand how hurt my mother was when I disobeyed; not until I became a mother did I understand how proud my mother was when I achieved; not until I became a mother did I understand how much my mother loved me.” Victoria Farnsworth.
Feb 10 Monday (St. Scholastica, Virgin)
Catholic Online Video:
https://youtu.be/D8DGB94UI3Y?list=PL58g24NgWPIzvBk2IQVES_xC4WTm6-CDI Mk 6: 53-56: 53 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, 55 and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well. USCCB video reflections: https://youtu.be/SC3JYdFlZ9E?list=PLpTzvCOJa7DCtgpPT22G8NClHeoKpWu5Q