Jesus looked at the multitude and had compassion on them. Mark 6:34
The Heart of Jesus is full of love!
Jesus looked on the people of His day and wanted to heal them. They were lost in their day to day struggles. They needed His Way; they needed the Way of Peace. Only He and those that follow Him could lead to that Peace. This Peace is found in the Love that Jesus modeled in His life; a Love that is willing to die for the beloved. This Total Love and Total Trust led Jesus to the Cross! This Love heals!
Jesus is Alive and He Reigns!
Jesus looks at us today and has compassion! He wants to teach us His way, the Way of Peace. We have struggled through the Pandemic, we still have weather conditions that are terrible and often life threatening. We have human made structures that fail us. We may be brought to the brink of despair! Jesus still has compassion on us and wants to shepherd us to Peace! He is our Peace!
Jesus, in the sending of His Disciple on Mission (St. Mark 6:7-13) prepared them by the command of only taking the essentials for the mission of spreading the Gospel. This charge of Jesus is very helpful for us His Disciples today!
Too many things in our lives can distract us from Jesus and spreading the Gospel wherever we live, work and play.
Jesus will work through us because we have Total Trust in Him!
St. Benedict lived this charge of Jesus in his life and those who follow him still do so today. In doing so Jesus could save the World through him and now through us!
Follow the Charge of Jesus and be His tool in changing the World!
We can join Jesus in His amazement at His own people. We may also join Him in the sadness that His love was blocked by contempt.
Familiarity breeds contempt!
Jesus knew the people from His home village and He loved them as He loves everyone. But because of the wall that they made, they could not receive His love. What a sad story! It is a terrible loss of a wonderful opportunity for healing miracles to happen in the lives of the people who knew Jesus!
Familiarity breeds contempt!
We can become the village folk of Jesus’ day. Jesus must be kept on the throne in our lives. Let no wall block Him from loving us into His miracles and blessings! May our faith be ever strong!
Jesus took her by the hand and said to her “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Mark 5:41
We see in St. Mark’s Gospel the raising up of a little girl who was dead to the World, but asleep to Jesus. In Jesus, death is sleeping, it is not permanent thing. He came to raise the dead!
There are so many beautiful things in our story today. Let us look at a few of them.
First, we have a synagogue official who comes to Jesus because his daughter is sick onto death. He had FAITH IN JESUS!
Jesus went with him to his home. There was public mourning for the synagogue official’s daughter’s demise. Jesus continued on to the daughter’s bed even though those who did not have faith ridiculed Him. We know the end of the story!
O death where is thy sting or grave thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55
The key in this miracle is FAITH! The synagogue official had faith and Jesus worked the miracle!
If there is death in our lives, have faith, call on Jesus and find healing!
Jesus said to them, why are you afraid? Have you no faith? Mark 4:40
Jesus speaks to His Disciples in a stern way but He loves them. He protected them. He wanted these future leaders of the Church to know that He will always protect them and will never leave them no matter what storms will come in their lives. And they will live stormy lives.
The life of a disciple of Jesus has not changed much as it relates to the reality of stormy times. We are finishing a very stormy time, the time of the Pandemic of 2020! Jesus still says to this particular stormy time and all of the stormy times in our lives: “Quiet, be still!” He also reminds us to have faith, His Boat, The Church, will get us through the storm!
Our Lord uses the mustard seed to remind us of the power of faith. It is so easy to get discouraged. There are so many challenges that we have to deal with. If we think that we can do things on our own, knowing our weaknesses, it would make sense to give up. But the fact is, we are not alone! Our call, our responsibility is to do the best that we can do and allow the Divine Power to use us!
St. Paul reminds us to be courageous!
So be of good courage…we walk by faith and not by sight… 2 Cor 5:6-7
The world has been changed by people who were very ordinary and yet God changed the world through them.
God is still in the World Changing Business!
Let us allow the Divine to use us and make “Thy Kingdom Come” a reality in the world around us!
We celebrate that Jesus left us food for the journey and His Real Presence available to us in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
We need to celebrate too that this celebration comes from prayer and listening to Jesus from a Norbertine Nun, St. Juliana. In her prayer life she received a vision that we see below. This celebration that came from this vision, among many things, teaches us that we are loved and that we are blest! We need to celebrate this in a tangible way and this Feast does that. When we enter into the Mystery of the Eucharist, and allow its power to take effect, we live the Eucharist and we spread this love by how we treat people in a very concrete way. There is no space in our lives to be unkind!
St. Juliana was forced from her leadership position in her order, she remained faithful and after her death, her enemies lost and Jesus won the Victory. This vision of hers became a Holy Day of Obligation for Universal Church. We celebrate this Victory as we celebrate this Solemnly!
Moral of the story: have Total Trust! We may not see the results of the good that we do, but Jesus will always have the Final Victory!
We have been together through this most sacred time beginning with Ash Wednesday and we are here at the end! We had 40 days of Lent and 50 days of Eastertide. I hope we have been a blessing for each other.
Today let us look at the outpouring of Love we celebrate with the God’s Spirit coming in power.
Suddenly the sound like blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. Acts 2:4
This event, the great outpouring of Love, brought the gift necessary for the Church to exist. This is how we can explain the Apostles going into impossible situations and preaching the Gospel and people coming to faith in Jesus. God’s Spirit is behind this effort.
For our present time we have the example of a Religious Sister leaving her convent school in India and going to the streets to take care of the poor and start a worldwide movement of peace at love in action. We know her as St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Mother Teresa seems crazy if we are thinking like the World. But Mother knew, if God wants it God will provide for it. And that is exactly what God did!
May we be renewed by this same Spirit and help in renewing of our World!