The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net
Is there anything holding you back from giving yourself to God without fear or reservation? Jesus offered freedom to everyone who sought him out. Wherever Jesus went the people came to him because they had heard about all the wonderful deeds and miracles which he performed. They were hungry for God and desired healing from their afflictions. In faith they pressed upon Jesus to touch him. As they did so power came from Jesus and they were healed. Do you seek to lay hold of Jesus’ presence in your life that he may touch and heal you?
Augustine of Hippo remarked:
It is by faith that we touch Jesus. And far better to touch him by faith than to touch or handle him with the hands only and not by faith. It was no great thing to merely touch him manually. Even his oppressors doubtless touched him when they apprehended him, bound him, and crucified him, but by their ill-motivated touch they lost precisely what they were laying hold of. O worldwide church! It is by touching him faithfully that your faith has made you whole. (SERMONS, ON EASTER 148)
Why did Jesus perform so many countless miracles and signs during his earthly ministry? Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD ) wrote that these signs and miracles showed that Jesus was truly God – the eternal Word who was made flesh for our salvation:
[Jesus] performed very many wonderful miracles, rebuking demons, delivering from incurable diseases whoever drew near to him, and displaying his own most divine power. He did these works so that both the Jews, who had run together to him, and those from the country of the Greeks might know that Christ was not some ordinary man of those in our degree but, on the contrary, God. He honored these chosen disciples with the dignity of the apostolate. He was the Word that was made man but retained nevertheless his own glory. For power went forth from him and healed all. Christ did not borrow strength from some other person, but being himself God by nature, even though he had become flesh, he healed them all, by the demonstration of power over the sick. (COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 25)
Why did the demons tremble in the presence of Jesus (Mark 3:11)? They recognized that his power and authority came from heaven and not from earth. But while they confessed Christ and trembled in his presence, they did not respond in love.
When you read God’s word and consider all that Jesus said and did, how do you respond? With indifference, hesitation, or skepticism, or with expectant faith and willing obedience? Ask the Lord Jesus to draw you to himself with increasing faith, fervent love, and eager readiness to do his will.
“Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Inflame my heart with a burning love for you and with an expectant faith in your saving power. Set me free from all that hinders me from drawing closer to you.”
The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2015. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com
THE BEST OF TIMES
“The main point in what we are saying is this: we have such a High Priest, Who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, Minister of the sanctuary and of that true tabernacle set up, not by man, but by the Lord.” Hebrews 8:1-2
Jesus is a better Priest (Heb 7:28) with a better ministry in “a better covenant, founded on better promises” (Heb 8:6). The Jewish people did not think of God’s work with them as completed. They were waiting for the Messiah to give them the new covenant. The writer of Hebrews maintained that Jesus was the Messiah, the Fulfillment of the law, the ultimate High Priest Who made the once-and-for-all sacrifice (Heb 7:27) and tore open the curtain separating us from God’s presence in the Holy of Holies (Mt 27:51).
Are you living the fulfilled life, or are you back in B.C.? Do you realize that “absolute fullness” resides in Jesus? (Col 1:19) Are you living the new covenant of Baptism to the fullest? Do you know and live both the Old and New Testaments? Do you focus your life on the Eucharist, the perpetuation of Jesus’ once-and-for-all sacrifice on Calvary? Do you tell the world that Jesus has done it all and is our All in all? In Christ, we have everything we will ever need (see 2 Cor 6:10; 1 Cor 3:21).
Rejoice that you are alive in Jesus, in the Messianic age, the end times, the new covenant.
Prayer: Father, I know that “when much has been given a man, much will be required of him” (Lk 12:48). May I live appropriately to what I have received from You. Promise: “Because He had cured many, all who had afflictions kept pushing toward Him to touch Him.” Mk 3:10 Praise: St. Vincent, deacon and martyr, is noted for courageously enduring excessively cruel torture in his martyrdom. Like Jesus, Vincent refused relief while being executed (see Mk 15:23).
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