Posted by: livingscripture | February 9, 2017

Fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time



WORD of the DAY

From that place he went off to the district of Tyre.   He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice.

(Mark 7: 24)

How shall I live this Word?prayer-2

In this passage, we catch a glimpse of Jesus’ free and freeing choice.  He chooses to go outside the territory of the Chosen People.  Tyre and Sidon belonged to Assyria.  They were of ethnicity, culture, and religion entirely different from that of Israel.  This decision is already an announcement, though not verbalized.  It is as though He were saying, do not think you can hold me within your confines.  He wants us to understand that He came to save all those God entrusted to Him; not to choose some and leave aside others.

We also see that Jesus is truly human and as such gets tired.  He needs to find a warm place where, with some friends, He can stay a while and rest.  He needs this so much that He wants to hide these moments of privacy from the people in that place.

Dear Lord Jesus, I love You in Your desire to remain unknown, at least for a little while so You can take time away from the sea of people that is constantly following You.  But You could not remain hidden.  Someone saw You and shouted Your name or perhaps a group forced the door; or perhaps they were frantic and talking loudly and thus did not allow you a few moments of peace and quiet and rest.

Thank You for showing us Your humanity even in this as You share our fragility and weakness.  You took on all of our lot except sin.  Grant that I may stay with You in the life I live today in Your Mystical Body: the Church to which I gladly belong.

The voice of Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Peace Activist.

What you do is not important.  What counts is that you can do it with awareness and dedication.  Only in this way will your every gesture become a spiritual action.




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