Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Stay With Me

 James Tissot: Jesus Feeds the Multitudes

Listening to and reflecting on today's Gospel from Mark, I seemed to hear something that I don't remember hearing before. I have heard the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes many times, but what caught my attention today was that Jesus was saying: "Stay with Me." Now he doesn't say it directly, but the Apostles want to send the crowds away so that they can care for themselves. Jesus tells the Apostles to have the people stay and then proceeds to feed them Himself with five loaves and two fish. "Stay with Me and I will remain with you; stay with Me and I, Myself will feed you." This is the message I got from the Gospel today and the will try to return to throughout this day.
Jesus didn't come just to say, "Here I am, I am the Messiah" and then just move along. His coming, the signs and wonders He manifested throughout His earthly life, and His death and Resurrection say: "I came to love and for love. Stay with Me and I will stay with you. I will feed you with My very Body and Blood."
In doing this we are able to take the love Jesus gives and go and do the same for others. Elizabeth  Ann Seton, whose feast we celebrate today, knew this. She converted to Catholicism, was married and raised five children. After her husband's death, she founded a religious order and began establishing Catholic schools in Maryland. She knew Christ's love for her, received Him and stayed with Him. She then spread that love to those in need.
Let us ask St Elizabeth Ann Seton for her prayers and intercession today so that we too may accept Christ's love, stay with Him and bring Him to others.


Colleen said...

Karinann, beautiful reflection. Thanks for your prayers. Happy New Year!

Daily Grace said...

What powerful words, "Stay with me". I will always remember these words when I hear this gospel passage.

God bless

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Elizabeth is my Confirmation Saint :)
The message you received from today's Gospel is profound and beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.
I received your note...I am on my laptop right now so I don't have your email address to reply...but your message was just what I needed...THANK YOU...I REALLY appreciated it! xo

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.