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A MAN WITH A WITHERED HAND

Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 3:1-6 – 2nd ORDINARY WEEK: Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The Sabbath issue flares up one more. By examining the purpose of work, Jesus answers the charge that work is absolutely prohibited on the Sabbath. The Law cannot forbid doing good. Such a result would fatally confuse means and ends.

In refocusing the meaning of Law and covenant, Jesus is a true priest as He clarifies our understanding of the Law and urges us toward an adult faith.

At the end of this brief but fundamental controversy, we sense that the clock is ticking. For opposing entrenched views and vested interests, death is now on Jesus’ horizon. Neither His priesthood nor our discipleship would be bloodless.

The function of any priest is, first of all, to help us see the Father rather than to only tell us about Him.

Jakarta, 23 January 2019

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ISAIAH 42:6

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THE DISCIPLES AND THE SABBATH

Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 2:23-28 – 2nd ORDINARY WEEK: Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Another controversy arises – this one about the Sabbath. Jesus does not negate the holiness of the Sabbath but how reverence for it was expressed. These words of Jesus had special meaning for those early Christians who shifted their Sabbath celebration to Sunday after they had been excluded from the synagogue.

Beneath this controversy and the bold confidence of the early Christians in rearranging their worship obligations is the recognition of Jesus as the source and animating spirit of religious law and practice. Without the Holy Spirit of Christ, religious law can easily become a burden and engine of sin.

The things for which we hope influence what we are today.

Jakarta, 22 January 2019

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PROVERBS 8:35

Jakarta, 22 January 2019

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THE QUESTION ABOUT FASTING

Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 2:18-22 – 2nd WEEK OF THE YEAR: Monday, 21 January 2019

We grasp the distinction between Testaments in the difference between John and Jesus. John’s disciples fasted and did penance to reach out to God. In Jesus, God reaches out into our hearts and lives.

The Lord describes this as fresh, new wine. Just as the pressure from the fermentation of new grapes would explode old wineskins, so the new incarnated presence of Jesus would burst out of the old Jewish institutions from which it began.

This new wine means that everything now is built on Christ. He is the Temple, the Bread of Life, the Living Water, the Light of the World, the Passover. Jesus’ presence renders all things holy. Secondly, Christ’s work of reconciliation is dynamic. The work of drawing mankind back to God continues to expand through our lives as Christians.

Because of Jesus, we are now as far from God as we choose to be.

Jakarta, 21 January 2019

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PHILIPPIANS 4:13 [KJV]

Jakarta, 21 January 2019

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PSALM 34:1

Jakarta, 20 January 2019

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