Posted by: livingscripture | January 22, 2009

January 22, 2009 Second Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


A great crowd followed him from Galilee, and an equally great multitude came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, Transjordan, and the neighbourhood of Tyre and Sidon, because they had heard what he had done. In view of their numbers, he told his disciples to have a fishing boat ready for him so that he could avoid the press of the crowd against him.  Because he had cured many, all who had afflictions kept pushing toward him to touch him.                            (Mark 3, 8-9)

How should we live this Word


This passage helps us understand how Jesus attracted the crowds through the fascination of His person and how He was a center of unity.  St. Mark describes a gathering of people so great that the Lord had to go into a boat ‘to avoid their pressing against Him’ and crushing Him.  Notice too, that the people who are surrounding Him, grasped by His words of light and His healing gestures, are not only Israelites.  The people come from Idumea, Transjordan, Tyre, Sidon.  It is a diverse humanity and there are even pagans present.  Everyone is united around Him, the palpitating center of divine love and power.  The Letter to the Hebrews in the first reading states, ‘It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled’.  This is how it is.  Jesus is the high priest par excellence, the mediator between us and the Father because He is perfectly united to God with His humanity that did not know sin but bore the entire burden of our sin with all its consequences.


Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will visualize Jesus, the center and creator of unity.  I will stop to perceive that not only my aspirations and needs find their answer in Him, but also those of others, beginning with those near me.  I will pray that the unity He prayed for may be realized around Him. 


‘I pray that all may be one.’  Lord, make us one with You.’


The voice of Isaac of Ninive, ancient Father of the Church                  


Those who have found love nourish themselves with Christ each day and at every moment.  He said, ‘Those who eat the Bread that I will give, will never see death (Cf. John 6, 58).  Blessed are those who eat the bread of love that is Jesus. 

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