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19.01.2021 — To Establish Relationship with God

Posted under Reflections on January 18th, 2021 by

2nd Week in Ord. Time, Tuesday – 19th January 2021 — Gospel: Mark 2,23-28

To Establish Relationship with God

The Decalogue of the Old Testament says, “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy” (Ex 20,8). What is the purpose of the Sabbath? How does one dedicate the day to the Lord? It is certainly not by finding fault with others. The main purpose of the Sabbath was to make oneself totally available to God. The Pharisees accuse Jesus and his disciples of breaking the Sabbath. They are furious at what they consider blatant disregard for the Jewish law. Jesus defends the actions of his disciples by referring to scriptural example of David’s behaviour. In the end, Jesus points out the purpose of the Sabbath laws, “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” He says the relationship that exists between the loving God and those loved by God is far more important than all the rules and regulations which have been developed and interpreted by humans. Therefore Sabbath is to lead people to God and not to separate them from God. Jesus, the incarnation of second person, became man to save and draw the entire humankind to a web of relationship with God.

18.01.2021 — Cultivate an Attitude of Joy

Posted under Reflections on January 17th, 2021 by

2nd Week in Ord. Time, Monday – 18th January 2021 — Gospel: Mark 2,18-22

Cultivate an Attitude of Joy

Jesus had no problem with the value of fasting. In fact, he began his ministry with forty days of fasting in the desert. In answering the religious leaders about fasting Jesus wishes to highlight an attitude he expected of his followers. He reminds them of the happiest days in the life of any Jew, namely, the seven days of a wedding feast. No one should fast that week. The guests are expected to enjoy themselves. Therefore, Jesus implies that those who fast should not deny themselves enjoyment of food. They should know that fasting is a means to an end, namely, should lead to inner peace and joy. In comparison, Jesus says that being with him is like being at a wedding. In communion with him, they should acquire the habit of joy which fasting is supposed to bring about. Fasting purifies the person from gloomy behaviour and attitudes and then releases joy that lies within each one’s heart.  So fasting will be a means of uniting with Jesus, the cause of our joy. They should acquire a habit of joy, i.e., struggle to get in touch with Jesus.

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