Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hebrews 2:14-18, Psalm 1-5:1-9, Mark 1:29-39


My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.
I know them, and they follow me. Jn:10:27

Hebrews 2:14-18, Psalm 1-5:1-9, Mark 1:29-39

Hebrews 2:14-18

My soul's beloved, You came into the world like one of us in all things save sin in order that You could destroy the works of darkness and sin and lead to death. You came into the world to take by the hand not angels but each one of us who is baptized into Your Body. Only those who believe that You have been sent by the Father in order to crush and dispel the works of darkness can be saved by You. You were sent into the world to redeem all mankind yet not all know You and therefore they cannot make that act of faith in You that will redeem them.  This then is my mission and my work to make You known and loved. To make known the price You paid to save us all from the terrible and deadly fate that awaited all in the hands of evil. Thank You for becoming the Sacrifice that was acceptable to the Father for the expiation of the sins of the world. You have saved us through all the suffering You bore for our sake therefore You are no stranger to it but You do understand our suffering.

Psalm 105:1-9

My soul's beloved, You are faithful and You will never forget the covenant You have made with us. Thank You for the confidence that we can have in You for You are true to Your Word that saves us. Thank You for the song of praise in our hearts, thank You for our knowledge of You. Thank You for revealing Yourself to us and for revealing to us the depths of the Father's love for us. Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit and for power in the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness, who teaches and instructs us and gives us understanding and direction. Thank You for the Holy Spirit who enables us to praise and to prayer and for abiding in us and keeping us always united to the Father and to You through the unbreakable bond and Covenant of Love. 

Mark 1:29-39

My soul's beloved, see see in these verses what a typical day was like for You and this ought to be a typical day for us who are Your disciples and followers. You left the synagogue, the place of worship and came to the house of Your friends along with friends there You were made aware of the situation prevailing in the house. Peter's mother-in-law was sick. Wasting no time You went to her, grasped her hand and helped her to get up. It was no ordinary taking of the hand but a warm grasp of love and concern and we are told that the fever left her at once and she began to serve. We too must reach out warmly, with love, making known our affection and concern. We are called to intercede for each other.

After ministering to those within the house we are told that You ministered to the whole town until after sunset curing all their sick and setting free those who were under demonic possession. You would have been exhausted and it would have been only natural to then look to refresh Yourself with food, drink, and much needed rest. But we are told that You rose up very early before day and went to a secluded place to pray. In this way You tell us too of the importance of prayer. It has to under gird all we do if our work is to be effective. And another very important point to remember is not to rest on our laurels but go where we are needed. Not to wait for praise and thanks but to go about doing the work we are given always aware of our mission just as You were. Keep me focused Lord and never lose sight of how dependent I am on You always.

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