for Sunday, February 8, 2015
Life is drudgery! Wow! Even our Lord Jesus felt the stress and burden of
people coming to Him always. Jesus is our Savior and is fully human and
the readings today show forth that humanity in a way with which we can
identify. So we need not fear drudgery and the weight of people relying on
us and the burden of caring for others. We follow Jesus who was able to
accept all of this in His humanity.
The first reading today, from the Book of Job, is all about drudgery and
about God abandoning us to deal with the awful things in life - so much so
that we cannot even sleep at night. Yet in the midst of all of this
negativity, Job remains faithful to God. Today people leave their faith
and think that there is no God because God is not a magician for us and
does not make things easy for us. God is there, not to make things easy,
but to be with us and to help us find the wisdom of living. Job recognizes
this even when all of his friends turn against him and tell him that he
does not understand God.
The second reading today is from the First Letter to the Corinthians and is
the reflection of Saint Paul on the same kind of situation. We are caught
by God and must do His will because we believe in Him. So Paul preaches
the Good News of Jesus Christ whether it is well received or badly
received. Paul does what he must do because he has met the Lord. Job did
the same because in some way he had encountered the Living God.
Then the Gospel today, from Saint Mark, tells us about Jesus, who had the
same kind of experiences. He comes and heals the mother-in-law of Saint
Peter. Then others come to be healed. His fame goes out everywhere - not so
much because people are looking for God directly, but because they want
healing and miracles. Me, too! I want healing and miracles! But I can
come to recognize that God gives many kinds of healing and miracles and not
always what I want.
The readings today invite us to reflect profoundly on the presence of God
in our world. We also want God to impose Himself in a way that can no
longer be questioned. God has never done that. God is a mystery and lives
in that mystery in a way which always challenges us to believe or to
reject. We know that even those who saw the miracles of Jesus, those who
knew Him personally and admired Him, left Him and abandoned Him when He was
crucified. What a test!
We also find it relatively easy to believe when all goes well, when
everything points to the presence of God, when good things happen. When
things begin to go wrong, we doubt. When there is nothing that seems to
point to the existence of God, we too fall to the wayside. When bad things
happen, we question the divine presence. We are humans. And yet, God
invites us to live as divine beings, with faith, trusting in the way of Job
and of Saint Paul, walking in faith - obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ. Let
us trust in Him.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Job 7.1-4, 6-7
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 9.16-19, 22-23
Gospel: Mark 1.29-39
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