Posted by: frburke23 | February 3, 2016

Thought for Wednesday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 6:1-6
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place,
accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.
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The mission here in the Philippines continues to go well. I spent yesterday afternoon helping the medical professionals prepare everything for the next day when the patients were going to come. Everyone worked very hard and returned to the hotel very tired as it is very hot and humid. It has rained quite a bit since we arrived.
 
In the evening, Bishop Crispin Barrete Varquez, the local bishop of Borongan, invited all of us to his house for a welcome dinner. Our group is 51 people. The majority is from the Diocese of Joliet, but we have missioners from Georgia, New Hampshire, Iowa and Spain. There are also about 60 local volunteers who work side-by-side with us. We had a wonderful feast with the bishop that included two roasted pigs, beef, chicken, vegetables and dessert.
 
Everyone was very tired and went to bed early to be ready for a busy day. Fr. Odick and I concelebrated Mass this morning. He gave a wonderful homily about God fulfilling our deepest desire. Nothing else can fulfill us. Then everyone went to their respective sites. I went with two Sisters, one seminarian and a nurse to anoint the patients in the hospital.
 
I was moved to tears a couple of times. The most powerful moment was baptizing an infant (Norlitos) who is only one month old suffering from pneumonia. Please pray for this little baby as he is gravely ill. Another moving moment was anointing a man named Fred who is 61 years old dying from a brain tumor. His wife, though very sad, smiled as we prayed together and helped prepare her husband for eternal life. Please pray for Norlitos, Fred and all the people that we encounter here.
 
As I reflect on these beautiful experiences, I am struck by the power of Jesus and how much He loves His people. I am also moved by people’s desire to be touched by God.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus was rejected by many people in his native place. He did cure a few sick people by laying hands on them, but He was “amazed at their lack of faith”. I have not encountered a lack of faith here in Borongan. In fact, I have found great faith and I trust that the Lord is going to work powerfully in the lives of the people we are serving and He is touching us as well.
 
Do I have faith that Jesus can do anything?
Do I believe that Jesus can work through priests and Sacraments today in 2016?
 
With God nothing is impossible.
Fr. Burke
 
Spanish translation:
 
Marcos 6:1-6
En aquel tiempo, Jesús fue a su tierra en compañía de sus discípulos. Cuando llegó el sábado, se puso a enseñar en la sinagoga, y la multitud que lo escuchaba se preguntaba con asombro: “¿Dónde aprendió este hombre tantas cosas? ¿De dónde le viene esa sabiduría y ese poder para hacer milagros? ¿Qué no es éste el carpintero, el hijo de María, el hermano de Santiago, José, Judas y Simón? ¿No viven aquí, entre nosotros, sus hermanas?” Y estaban desconcertados.
 
Pero Jesús les dijo: “Todos honran a un profeta, menos los de su tierra, sus parientes y los de su casa”. Y no pudo hacer allí ningún milagro, sólo curó a algunos enfermos imponiéndoles las manos. Y estaba extrañado de la incredulidad de aquella gente. Luego se fue a enseñar en los pueblos vecinos.
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La misión aquí en las Filipinas continúa yendo bien. Pasé ayer por la tarde ayudando a los médicos profesionales a preparar todo para el día siguiente, cuando los pacientes iban a venir. Todos trabajaron muy duro y regresaron al hotel muy cansados, ya que es muy caliente y húmedo. Ha llovido bastante desde que llegamos.
 
Por la noche, el Obispo Crispin Barrete Varquez, Obispo local de Borongan, nos invitó a todos a su casa para una cena de bienvenida. Nuestro grupo es de 51 personas. La mayoría son de la Diócesis de Joliet, pero tenemos misioneros de Georgia, New Hampshire, Iowa y España. También hay alrededor de 60 voluntarios locales que trabajan lado a lado con nosotros. Tuvimos un maravilloso banquete con el obispo que incluyo dos cerdos asados, carne de res, pollo, verduras y postre.
 
Todos estaban muy cansados y se fueron a la cama temprano para estar listos para un día ocupado. El Padre Odick y yo concelebramos Misa esta mañana. Él dio una maravillosa homilía acerca de Dios cumpliendo nuestro deseo más profundo. Nada más puede llenarnos. Luego todos se fueron a sus respectivos lugares. Yo me fui con dos Hermanas, un seminarista y una enfermera para ungir a los pacientes en el hospital.
 
Me conmovió hasta las lágrimas un par de veces. El momento más poderoso fue bautizar a un bebé (Norlitos) que sólo tenía un mes de nacido que sufre de neumonía. Por favor reza por este pequeño bebé ya que está gravemente enfermo. Otro momento conmovedor fue ungir a un hombre llamado Fred, que tiene 61 años de edad muriendo a causa de un tumor cerebral. Su esposa, aunque muy triste, sonrió mientras orábamos juntos y ayudábamos a preparar a su esposo para la vida eterna. Por favor, oren por Norlitos, Fred y todos con quien nos encontramos aquí.
 
Al reflexionar sobre estas hermosas experiencias, me sorprende el poder de Jesús y lo mucho que ama a Su pueblo. También me conmueve el deseo de las personas de ser tocadas por Dios.
 
En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús fue rechazado por muchas personas en su lugar nativo. Él curó a algunos enfermos imponiéndoles las manos, pero Él estaba “extrañado de la incredulidad de aquella gente”. No he encontrado una falta de fe aquí en Borongan. De hecho, he encontrado una gran fe y confianza de que el Señor va a trabajar poderosamente en las vidas de las personas que estamos sirviendo y Él nos está tocando a nosotros también.
 
¿Tengo fe de que Jesús puede hacer cualquier cosa?
¿Creo que Jesús puede trabajar a través de los sacerdotes y los Sacramentos hoy, en el año 2016?
 
Con Dios nada es imposible.
Padre Burke

Responses

  1. Good morning, Father Masters. I will pray for Norlitos and Fred as well as for the needs of all the people. God bless you all. 😊 💖 🎶

  2. Fr. Burke, hope all is well with you and the awesome people with you! I’m working on the Men’s 131St Cursillo and want to get the applications in For the Seminarians it looks like 5 guys ( Max Behna,Michael McMahon, James Malik,John Horn and Jim Olofson) are coming. I have enough people To sponsor them for their payments as well as the five guys from Wichita It would help a lot to get them on the list for the Fourth Day-Prayers and Increase the numbers for the Fourth Day to see. I would be proud to sponsor all Or any of these awesome men. Thus you could be the Pastor and we would be Done.? I will arrange to get all of them to and from the week end. Please give me a call when you can (630-802-8500)! Peace and oh Yeah de Colores. Bill Burke

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