Today’s Thoughts: “I should like you to be free of anxieties.” (1 Corinthians 7:32) The opening words of the second reading today show St. Paul’s desire that we and the Corinthians should not give in to the anxieties of life. St. Paul knew that there were many things about life that could cause people to be anxious and thus struggle. He reminds the Corinthians and us that if we keep our focus on Christ we have a better chance of moving beyond the anxieties and struggles of life. We have a better chance of encountering the loving presence of God!
Jesus demonstrates exactly what St. Paul is talking about in the Gospel today (Mark 1: 21:28). Jesus vision is true. There isn’t any difference between his words and actions. What Jesus says can be seen in the way he acts. Jesus is able to navigate through life this way because of his relationship with the Father. He keeps his focus even when the unclean spirits of life challenge him.
Jesus’ power and authority come from his relationship with the Father. It is an unwavering relationship. It is an unrelenting relationship. It is a relationship not distracted by the world. It is a relationship ground in love.
We can be free of anxiety if we are willing to hear God’s voice and not let our hearts be hardened by the unclean spirits of the world. Jesus and St. Paul remind us that it is God’s voice and presence in our lives through which anxiety and struggle is replaced by comfort and love!
Have a great Sunday everyone and don’t forget to give a little time to God today!
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Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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