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15.01.2022 — Ascertain One’s Potential, not Profession

Posted under Reflections on January 14th, 2022 by

1st Week in Ord. Time, Saturday – 15th January 2022 — Gospel: Mark 2,13-17

Ascertain one’s Potential, not Profession

As Jesus walks along the Sea of Galilee, he encounters a tax collector named Levi. He must have been listening to Jesus’ teaching as he counted the tolls at his post. This tax collector’s call to discipleship resembles that of the four fishermen. Like Simon and Andrew casting their nets, and James and John mending their nets in the boat, Levi was doing his job, sitting at his toll booth.  When Jesus invited him to follow, Levi gets up, leaving his livelihood behind, and follows Jesus. In contrast to the fishermen, who were seen as honourable Jewish men, the tax collector wasn’t respected at all. The tax collectors were considered agents of Roman power who drained people of their livelihoods. For this reason, their profession made them despise in their society. However, Jesus’ personal invitation ascertains that he looks at the potential, not the profession of this individual.

14.01.2022 — Total Healing

Posted under Reflections on January 13th, 2022 by

1st Week of Ordinary Time, Friday – 14th January 2022 — Gospel: Mark 2:1-12

Total Healing

The scribes, who spent their lives studying Scripture, should have recalled the words of the prophets regarding the Messiah and realized that he was in their midst. Instead, they criticized Jesus and demanded to know about his right to forgive sins. Jesus brilliant response did three things: it established his authority to heal, to forgive sins, and to open for the scribes the Messiah. Mark’s emphasis on the authority to forgive sins is a proof that Jesus wanted total healing for the man rather than physical healing. Key to whole health is forgiveness of sins. He also brings out the point that Jesus has the authority like God to forgive sins. While the scribes refused to accept the Messiah, the crowds responded in amazement.

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