16.01.2020 — Beyond human perception

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Week 1 of Ordinary Time, Thursday – 16th January 2020 — Gospel: Mark 1:40-45

Beyond human perception

The healing of a leper is found in Synoptics (Mk 1,40-45; Mt 8,1-4; Lk 5,12-15), but both Matthew and Luke omit the emotional reactions of Jesus found in Mark. In all three accounts it is clear that the leper broke social conventions in his desperate attempt to get help. He breaks the law of purity of the Jewish society as he approached Jesus. Rather than recoiling from the leper, as many of his contemporaries might have done, Jesus responds to the leper with kindness and reaches out to touch the untouchable. The man was immediately cleansed from his leprosy, and Jesus helped to arrange for his social reintegration by directing him to go through the steps mandated by the law of Moses (Mk 1,44; cf. Lev 14,1-32). Jesus’ precedent action here is more direct, more immediate and consequently, more powerful. By touching the leper, Jesus bridges the gap between the clean and the unclean, and goes beyond the ordinary human perception of love. This bridging is a radical step to proclaim in action that everyone is welcomed to enter the kingdom of God.

15.01.2020 — Strength in Solitude

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Week 1 of Ordinary Time, Wednesday – 15th January 2020 — Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

Strength in Solitude  

After having liberated a man possessed with an unclean spirit, Jesus proceeds to liberate people from less formidable evils, namely physical ailments. The mission of the kingdom of God consists in giving a new quality of life to people. It is the messianic activity already mentioned by Isaiah (35,4-6). Jesus is strengthened and energized in building the kingdom by his union with God. As his routine, he went to a quite place and prayed to God the Father early in the morning. To truly listen to the voice of God and to get his assistance in time of need, we need to dedicate our time to listening and hearing what God is saying to us. We need moment of solitude and prayer to discern the will of God. It is essential to be away from the normal pace of life to respond to God in the silence of our hearts that will lead to deeds of liberation for others.  

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