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February 17, 2017

Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Genesis 11:1-9

Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15

Mark 8:34-9:1

Whoever…

The first line of today’s reading from Genesis caught my attention: “The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.”

Peace, harmony, collaboration were not the goals that they wanted. They wanted to make a name for themselves. God had another plan.

Fast forward centuries later to the time of Jesus. The story that Saint Mark tells is about true success and care for one another. It comes from listening to God’s word and following the Jesus Way. His statement, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it.” So Jesus is the one who can give us new life and save us from evil. He brings the promise of the Kingdom of God. The invitation is for one and for all. Let us say yes to “Whoever…”

Father Michael Greene, C.P.