Today’s Thoughts: Sometimes when we encounter the daily scriptures, they create certain emotional responses. Take todays Gospel of Mark, we encounter a situation that might produce an emotional response within us. In the Gospel of Mark, we are presented with a perplexing little riddle that is part of Jesus’ ongoing tension with the religious leaders of his time – we might say our Gospel present us with the reason for ongoing conflict in life and in our Church.
Our Gospel continues the back and forth between Jesus and the religious leadership of his time. Today, Jesus challenges them with a little riddle about David and the people listening are delighted with Jesus’ mastery over those who are in charge. Throughout this exchange that takes place in Chapter Twelve of Mark, Jesus seem to constantly reinforce the fundamental qualities of life like compassion, love, forgiveness, generosity, and prayer. We might say that Jesus is saying you cannot just hold up a bible or take a picture in from of a statue and be Christian. Being a Christian is an act of living life in the presence of God.
Jesus refuses to get caught up in “when,” “where,” or “how,” Jesus is concerned about the now! It is the act of living in the now that is most important. In our first reading Tobit and Anna had hope in the future but their lives of patience and love were firmly grounded in the present and in the end, they found new sight and life-giving love.
Let’s not look too far ahead. Let us not make things too complicated. Let’s be watchful, loving, compassionate, forgiving, generous and prayerful so that we don’t miss those wonderful moments of God’s presence that come to our doorstep!
Have a blessed, holy, and healthy Friday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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