Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feasts: Pope Saint Fabian (200-+250)—Martyr, Patron Saint of Rome; Saint Sebastian (256-+c.288)—Martyr, Patron Saint of Athletes
1 Samuel 18:6-9; 18:1-7, Psalm 56:2-3, 9-10, 10-12, 13-14, & Mark 3:7-12
The opening words from today's Gospel narrative state that Jesus and His disciples 'withdrew from the crowds'. I suspect our Lord needed time for rest, quiet, and peace. The crowds, to which Jesus had become accustomed, were probably demanding and impatient.
However, this was not to be. A good number of people from various regions and cities followed Jesus. Despite His longing for rest, quiet, and peace, Our Lord cured many people as word of His power spread. Even "unclean spirits" identified Him as "The Son of God."
We must now ask ourselves, who is Jesus to us? Do we recognize Him as the Son of God? Or is He simply a figure in the Bible? Do we only want Him to heal us so we can go on about our lives? If so, will we approach Him and ask Him for everything we desire?
Friends, perhaps the more important question is, do we desire a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus? The relationship I speak of is the greatest gift we will ever have.
Thought for the Day: Read the third paragraph again, then contemplate, pray, and act.
Prayer: "Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life through the Gospel. Alleluia, alleluia."