Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, January 21

In Our Individual Pilgrimage Through Life in Which You and I Experience Our Faith, May We Always Follow the Humble Example of Christ in Fulfilling the Will of God, Both Here and Now.

The Responsorial antiphon today presents us with a theme that is prevalent in today’s Readings – “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”

Today’s Gospel passage begins with a statement about Jesus’ popularity. People were coming from all over to experience healing, or at least to see it happen, which was a stark contrast to the rejection our Lord was experiencing from the religious authorities.

It is clear to many that Jesus was a “wonder worker” of sorts, and it is equally clear that He was not rejecting that reputation, even though He had to find ways of keeping Himself from being physically harmed by the crowds. For we are told that the disciples had to have a boat ready, just in case the crowd, in all its exuberance, would begin to crush in on Him.

What many find strange, however, is Jesus ordering the unclean spirits not to reveal His true identity! Right now, He seems only to want to be known for what He does, rather than for who He is! And many Scriptural scholars refer to this as the “Messianic secret”.

The Scriptures tell us today that “whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God.’ He warned them sternly not to make him known.” Jesus’ mission in fulfilling His Father’s will was not to glorify Himself, or to have others glorify Him, but rather to teach us what pleases the Father the most – humility, obedience, the selfless giving of love, and compassionate mercy.

It was Jesus’ personality which invited and allowed others to draw close to Him. It was His compassionate Mercy and selfless Love which became as a beacon of Divine Light, illumining and driving away the shadows of darkness for all those who were hungering and thirsting for spiritual nourishment!

And in Jesus’ humility and obedience to His Father’s will, He became the Divine Physician, who drew to Himself all those who were suffering spiritually and physically, healing the sick and the despairing – inspiring each of us as we go about living our life of faith!

“Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”

In our First Reading for today, the theme of Jesus as the Eternal High Priest continues where we left off yesterday; for as we read today, “Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.”

And it was the will of the Divine Son to always do His Father’s will in reaching out to God’s children as a humble servant, not seeking glory for Himself, but rather reaching out to the poor, the disadvantaged, the rejected and the sinner with a compassion which touched the hearts of so many people who came to hear Him preach and to feel His healing touch.

“Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”

How do you and I serve God’s will in our lives? How do we respond to all that God is asking of us in our personal walk of faith?

I have spoken of this before, but it is a point which I feel is important enough to repeat. To truly embrace our faith, to truly respond to all that our faith teaches us, is to empty oneself completely of ego, to empty oneself completely of pride and self-importance – to let go of all that constrains us and what controls us, and to focus our lives on the will of the Father who is our Creator, on the Son who is our Redeemer, and on the Spirit who is our Sanctifier.

In our individual pilgrimage through life in which you and I experience our faith, may we always follow the humble example of Christ, who is our True High Priest and Mediator, for His way is infinitely better that anything our human minds could ever conceive.

For it is in His Divine Mediation for each of us wherein we find our true joy and lasting peace. It is in His self-sacrificing Love wherein we find the true model for our own way through life –

– a way which becomes our guide for truly fulfilling the will of God, both here and now.

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “I said, ‘Here I am; to do your will is my delight’” (Psalm 40:8a, 9a; 1 Samuel 3:4)
  • “Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:25-26)
  • “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:50)
  • “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
  • “You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36)
  • “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23b)
  • “For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.” (Romans 2:13)
  • “Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.” (1 John 2:24-25)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Lord, regulate all things by Your Wisdom,
so that I may always serve You in the manner
that You will rather than in the manner that I will.

“Do not punish me by granting what I will
if it offends against Your Love,
for I want Your Love to live always in me.

“Help me to deny myself in order that I may serve You.
Let me live for You –
who in Yourself are the True Life. Amen.”

Saint Teresa of Avila

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