Posted by: livingscripture | January 19, 2017

Second Thursday in Ordinary Time


WORD of the DAY

He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.  He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.  (Mark 3, 9-10)


 How shall I live this Word?t_Jesus_the_Teacher024

Jesus is always available to those who are in need.  The crowd gives Him no rest.  The sick even throw themselves on Him in order to touch Him.  In other Gospels as well, we have seen episodes in which the people sense that a beneficent aura emanates from Him.  It is enough ‘to touch the hem of His garment’ to be cured.  The blind reacquire sight, the lame walk, the woman is cured of her flow of blood.  This is the Good News of Christ who does not limit Himself to words, but performs gestures of healing and of life.  The Master does not tire, rather, He foresees, He is aware, He helps.  And us?

Today, I will pray: “Lord Jesus, you passed through life doing good throughout the roads of Your land and helped everyone, especially the poorest, have mercy on me as well, and above all, grant that I may never close in on myself but let me be available to those in need.

 The Voice of Garaudy, Philosopher                                              

It is significant that in the Christian perspective, God became incarnate in the lowly.  The Gospel with its promise of new heavens and a new earth, is the Good News only for those who are lowly.  In fact, access to the Kingdom of God is prohibited to those who remain attached to their property, to their power, to their wisdom.  To the rich and powerful belong ‘wisdom’, to the lowly, hope.







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