Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr (291-+304) Patroness of the Children of Mary
Letter to the Hebrews 7:25-8:6; Psalm 40:7-10, 17; Mark 3:7-12
No wonder they showed up and stayed. This man was different. He came on the scene not like thunder, not like a conquering king, and not seeking riches. The “new law” was spoken from the heart. No wonder the poor followed Him. Jesus came to offer healing from afflictions to all who seek, desire, and listen to Him. In faith, they press upon Jesus to touch Him; and they did.
Being sought by so many people is a big temptation to be derailed from one’s mission. Jesus was careful never to veer away from the direction He must take and the goal He must reach. He really captured the minds and hearts of so many people. They even went as far as proclaiming Him as the Son of God. So how should Jesus respond? At one point, they wanted to carry Him and declare Him king. He already is King, not the king they believed Him to be. Jesus did not want to be proclaimed in their terms. He had a mission, and he was determined to fulfill it.
Today, our Lord reminds us to stay focused on our mission. There will be distractions, temptations, and hindrances. We believe that Jesus is the source of all that is good. We trust that He, through His teachings, will give us the grace necessary to do God’s will. We love Him and inspire to love others because of His love for us. May we always keep our eyes on Jesus, our King, and Sovereign Lord.
Question of the Day: How will you let Jesus “touch” you and heal you?
Prayer: “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Psalm 40)