Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 14, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The people were astonished, for he taught them as one having authority. (Mark 1:22)
Today's reading affirms two truths: Christ is both perfect man and
perfect God. The epistle to the Hebrews denotes that God willed Christ,
the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, to be completely identified
with humanity. To do this He sent Him, in our very flesh, not only to
show us God's truth, love, justice and mercy, but also to tell us that,
as His brothers and sisters, we can participate in His divine virtues.
When God created man, He made Him to be filled with His life and so rule
over all the works of His hands. But this hasn't happened because we,
through sin, have separated ourselves from Him. Having broken this
'chain of command,' we lack the wisdom and love to fulfill this sacred
trust, for all of creation is sacred to God.
In Christ and through Christ who has been given authority over all, this
breach can be healed and we can regain the "honor and glory" God
assigned to us in the beginning. But like Christ, we can only approach
this perfection through suffering and self-denial, by assuming with
Jesus the crosses God wills for us. Death to self must always precede
Mark's Gospel reiterates this theme of Christ possessing absolute
authority over all things. We see this in the synagogue at Capernaum
when He casts out an unclean spirit from a man. The demon becomes
fearful when He recognizes Jesus as "the Holy One of God," but the Lord
silences him, for Jesus desires that man will come to recognize Him as
"the Christ" through God directly touching human hearts. Man must
inwardly desire, feel a need for God and His truth and love before he
can see and accept Jesus as his Savior. Those who seek God merely for
His spectacular or miraculous deeds will soon fall away.
may all who share in the sonship of Christ
follow His path of teaching and service to man,
thereby reflecting the glory of your kingdom.
- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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