January 20

FOCUS:    Jesus is present and offers his healing touch in the sacraments.


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1 Samuel 18: 6-9; 19:1-7

Psalm 56

Mark 3: 7-12


Jesus set forth His mission and then acted on it, He kept His promise.  In Luke chapter 4, Jesus reads from Isaiah 61 that “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor…”  Jesus then stuns the people by proclaiming that He is the fulfillment of that prophesy and He would seek out the poor, the hopeless, the sick and minister to prisoners.  In our Gospel reading today we see that He has kept His promise.

The reaction Jesus gets to the miracles He performed is enhanced by the way in which He went about it.  The miracles of Jesus always involved faith.  The faith the people showed was a faith that Jesus could do the miracle, the faith Jesus leads them to is the faith that they are not forgotten and God is a compassionate God who cares for them and wants them with Him for eternity.

We can all use a miracle or two in our lives, can’t we?  Some of us are in great physical or mental pain.  Some of us are in financial trouble.  Some of us are suffering a great deal spiritually.  And some of us are in a pretty good place with life right now, things are pretty smooth with the exception of this goofy pandemic.  The point Jesus is making with His miracles is that He compassionately seeks us wherever we are and will always take care of us…just ask Him!

If you are suffering in some way, what does God want you to do with that suffering?  Suffering always, but always, brings some sort of change in our lives.  How can that change bring you closer to God?  And if you are one of the folks who is in a good place right now, are you reaching out to others in need?  Jesus told us we must!

It is a beautiful day!  Go smile at God today!