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Mark 3:1-6Watching JesusThe-Kingdom-Of-God-Is

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Today we see clearly that the Gospel can either divide us or unite us – all depends on our ability to receive the message Jesus tries to convey . . . that “healing and controversy are entwined”. (Meeks 1921)  Or as the old saying goes: No good deed goes unpunished.

The psalm antiphon (Psalm 145) at Mass today is: Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom. In Mark 3:1-6 we have the opportunity to watch how Jesus’ friends and enemies react to his healing on the holy day.  According to the Mosaic Law, work is prohibited on the day we are to rest and commune with God. According to the New Law, a restorative and healing act of love can and should take place at any time. Jesus’ followers understand that. Jesus’ enemies – jealous of his authority and fearful of his ability to perceive deceit – do not. They watch him in order to condemn him, not to follow him.

In the Biblia de América the translation of the word watch is acechar  which is: to watch in the form of spying. These observers are not interested in observing how to be like Jesus; rather, they are interested in detracting from him and condemning them. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

From the MAGNIFICAT Mini-reflection before yesterday’s Evening Prayer: To dwell in God’s presence, we must be filled with love alone. The word we receive through Jesus Christ cleanses us, heals us, and makes us dwelling places for the God who heals us. As we watch Jesus in the Gospel story today, what do we learn? What lesson do we take away? And how do we hope to be a dwelling place for God?


Image from: http://www.tm.org/blog/enlightenment/kingdom-of-god-is-within-you/

Cameron, Peter John. “Prayer for the Evening.” MAGNIFICAT. 5.23 (2011). Print.  

LA BIBLIA DE LA AMÉRICA. 8th. Madrid: La Casa de la Biblia, 1994. Print.

Meeks, Wayne A., Gen. Ed. HARPERCOLLINS STUDY BIBLE (NRSV). New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1989. Print.  (Meeks)

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