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Jakarta, 21 February 2019

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PETER’S CONFESSION ABOUT JESUS

Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 8:27-33 – 6th ORDINARY WEEK: Thursday, 21 February 2019

This is the turning point in Mark’s Gospel. Jesus, for the first time, describes the great Messiah, whom the Jews¬† had awaited for centuries, as a suffering Messiah. This seemed a contradiction in terms to a Jew.

In this brief but crucial passage, Jesus corrects false notions of Messiahship, glory and salvation. He fuses the notion of “Son of Man” as the great eschatological judge in glory with Isaiah’s mysterious suffering servant. It will take the rest of the Gospel for this surprise conjunction to penetrate the understanding of the disciples is not accidental. The avenue of salvific suffering was first traced by Jesus.

The more clearly we follow the Lord, the more will our suffering approximate His. Just as His suffering had the capacity to save and give life, our suffering as disciples has similar power.

The suffering of Jesus will reopen the Kingdom to all people.

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PSALM 31:23-24

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THE BLIND MAN OF BETHSAIDA

Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 8:22-26 – 6th ORDINARY WEEK: Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Saint Mark is the only evangelist who recounts this curing of the blind man at Bethsaida. This miracle is similar to the one recorded by Mark in the previous chapter, the cure of the deaf-mute. In both cases Jesus used some material thing, spittle, saliva, to effect the cure. This sort of foreshadows the use of material things in the sacraments, giving them a power beyond the material.

Yet today’s recorded miracle of the cure of the blind man has something very special about it. It is the only gradual cure in the Gospels – in two stages – and typifies the progressive understanding of the disciples as Jesus becomes more than a teacher for them. It is also a model of our own coming to know and understand the ways of the Lord in our lives.

The ability to see through the events of nature and history to an underlying divine purpose and movement does not come in a sudden flash. It is gradual. Our faith assures us that, threaded through the oscillation of pain and pressure in our lives and history, God’s design for us and mankind is benign and saving.

Jakarta, 20 February 2019

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TODAY IS WEDNESDAY – Another day to give Thanks to our Creator!

Jakarta, 20 February 2019

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THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES

Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 8:14-21 – 6th ORDINARY WEEK: Tuesday, 19 February 2019

This reading describes the absence of spiritual sight. The Pharisees wanted a sign but receive none. The Apostles received a sign, the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish, but failed to see its meaning.

The presence or absence of God is not directly deducible from the presence or absence of wonders. Spiritual sight is still necessary to see God at work.

Jesus cautions against the cynicism, or poisoned leaven, of those Pharisees who try to explain everything away by reducing it to political or psychological factors. Neither the source of, nor the solution to, evil in our world is reducible to empirical factors alone.

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TUESDAY BLESSINGS – Author Unknown

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