SATURDAY (February 6, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
““The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—” (Deuteronomy 18:15)
“But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.” (Mark 1:25–28)
Jesus’ ministry is one of teaching, preaching and healing. It is fitting that St. Mark records his initial public ministry as teaching and casting out a demon. For the unclean spirits cannot stand in the presence of holiness, and this certainly gets everyone’s attention. Jesus speaks with authority, for He is holiness. He is the new temple. He is the Kingdom of God to which even the demons bow and submit.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Susanna. Bless her now with the forgiveness of sins and a firm trust in you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.