Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Genesis 3:1-8, Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 6-7, & Mark 7:31-37
Today’s readings are essentially a quick summary of our relationship to God.
In the Book of Genesis, we are reminded of the sin that separates us from God. It is as real for each of us as it was back in the Garden for Adam and Eve. I suspect that every one of us feels the pang of guilt now and then. Fortunately, Psalm 32 reminds us that the sins of those who acknowledge and confess them to the Lord will be forgiven. We can never “cover-up” our guilt, but our Lord does. God promises us that not only are our sins forgiven but that we don’t need to be afraid of them.
Friends, we are all children of the New Testament, which means that our ears are open to hearing the comforting and encouraging words of Jesus, who is the Kingdom of God among us. We live in the light of the promises of the Good News that is Jesus Christ. He is the proclamation of the Good News in Word and Deed in our lives. Jesus is our miracle that heals us!
The Good News message in today’s Gospel narrative is the fulfillment of the promises of God for healing and resurrection, not just for our bodies but for our spirits as well. The message needed in the world is the openness to the on-going process of redemption and salvation through the Words of Jesus. Through His Words, we are healed and made whole spiritually. There in itself is a miracle. Today we pray with joy and gratitude for Jesus, who is God the Father’s promise to free and shelter us from our sins.
Question of the Day: How will you, through your baptismal promise, bring the Good News of Jesus to the world?
Prayer: “Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the Words of Your Son. Alleluia, alleluia.”