“WITH THE LORD THERE IS MERCY, IN HIM IS IS PLENTIFUL OF REDEMPTION” (Ps 130:7)
Gen 3:9-15; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8 (R.v.7bc); 2 Cor 4:13 – 5:1; Mark 3:20-35
There is something I have come to know and appreciate about Jesus, he never stops working for our good and he is never tired of doing good. Even when he comes home to rest, he never does so once he sees any face that is in need. That is a good news my dear. It means that he is working now for my good; he is equally working for your good. And no opposition or power can stop him until he has settled your case and mine. Amen.
Recall what happened in Mark 2:1-12 at the healing of the paralytic. Similar thing happened again in the gospel of today. Jesus had come home, probably to rest, but seeing the great crowd in need, he went out again to meet them. Just as in the Mark 2:1-12, he again faced opposition from the Jewish leaders. But in this case, even his immediate also came to take him home, feeling that he is now out of his mind.
Yes! That is how Jesus feels about you. In matters that concern you, he goes beyond the ordinary to attend to you. More importantly, he is set to rescue you from the claws of the evil one. This is in fulfillment to the promise of salvation that is recorded in the First Reading. It is the reason why Jesus came.
Do you really want him to help you? There is one thing you need to do. Listen to him and do the will of God. In that way, you will become a member of his family, deserving his attention.
The Second Reading reminds us that faith is important to achieve that feat. When we believe and act on the word of God which has been passed on to us, God visits us with the same victory that Christ won. The epic of that victory is the victory over death.
The Jewish leaders had the opportunity to be part of that victory but they chose to be in opposition to the truth. Worst still, they chose to ascribe the powers of God at work in Jesus to the activities of the devil. That is the sin against the Holy Spirit. I will try not to be like them. What of you?
Are you ready to be part of that victory? Shun all worldly attractions and oppositions and cling to Jesus. He is your key to victory over your adversary the devil.
Lord, deliver us from all evil. Amen.
Have a victorious Sunday. Peace be with you.