Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17, Psalm 110:1-4, Mark 3:1-6


Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom

and cured every disease among the people. Mt 4:23

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17, Psalm 110:1-4, Mark 3:1-6

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17

My soul's beloved that mysterious priest and king of Salem, Melchizedek appears to Abraham after he has defeated the kings and he is blessed. When we win the battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil, the righteous King, the King of Peace comes to us and blesses us. We in turn are not to hoard these blessings but are called to give back to God in thanksgiving a part of that which we have received. The King of Salem appeared from nowhere, there is no history, no previous knowledge of him and Abraham was prompted to give him an offering of bread and wine to this king who receives it he is blessed by him. It seems so random and yet when we read this text that appears in the Old Testament in the light of the New it all comes together and makes perfect sense. 

You came into the world through the power of God and the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. You are Prince of Peace and the King of Righteousness. You came into the world and we now recognize in You that mysterious King and High Priest and the Church teaches and testifies that You are a priest forever  in the order of Melchizedek. To You we make offering of bread and wine and You give it back to us as Your Body and Blood and we are blessed.

Psalm 110:1-4

My soul's beloved, in this psalm the psalmist is inspired by the Holy Spirit to reveal things that would never have been known. It is a revelation of what is to come in the mysterious appearance of the King of Melchizedek. Having won the victory You are seated at the right hand of the Father. To You has been given all dominion, rule, authority and power over all that is known and unknown, seen and unseen. Begotten of the Father before all ages from eternity to eternity You are God and the Son of the Most High and He has given You to us as our Eternal High Priest, Savior, Redeemer, Messiah, King, Lord, Brother, Friend, Beloved and Spouse.

Mark 3:1-6

My soul's beloved, in this miracle there is much that is revealed to us. We become withered in mind, soul, and spirit when we do not live as Your disciples. We become ineffective and useless, crippled in mind, soul, body and spirit. But all is not lost. True sorrow for sin, true repentance and contrition makes us whole again when we approach You in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and confess our sins, resolving to sin no more. It is always lawful to do good but wicked people abhor all those who spend their lives in selfless and loving service of those who are weak, poor, lost, and cast aside. Those in authority are blind to those who are marginalized and thrust outside where they are unseen and therefore does not trouble the conscience of the fat, the sleek, the greedy, the rapacious who make a pretense of being good. When they are challenged instead of admitting their error they are filled with hatred, and venomous anger like the Pharisees, and they seek to put to death those who dare to challenge their authority and trouble their conscience. Thank You for the Beatitude that assures us that those who are persecuted for righteousness same will inherit the Kingdom. 

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