In St. Mark’s Gospel, Jesus tries to hide the fact that He is the Saviour, the Messiah, the Holy One of God. It’s thought that there might have been some kind of political, social, or even physical threat to Mark’s christian community. Maybe He didn’t want to be seen purely as a miracle worker. Anyway, for whatever reason, Jesus hides His own identity. However, when He commands the unclean spirit to come out of the man in the synagogue, the spirit recognises Jesus immediately: “I know Who You are .. the Holy One of God”.
All of us, at some time in our lives, find ourselves having to sacrifice something for our faith. This sacrifice is no longer as severe as it once was, but our faith still has a cost in our lives.
We’re urged to speak out and care for the poor, the lonely, the abandoned, those in prison, the sick and dying. But there are times when we resist making the sacrifice of our own precious time, our thoughts or our energy.
Jesus asks us to acknowledge His presence, see His authority, bring His healing love to others.
We need to make ourselves, our politicians and our institutions, consider human dignity and basic needs as the highest priority. The sick, the disabled, the unemployed, the homeless, are real persons, … not problems without a solution.
OF OUR LORD
Light is a gift from God. It brings life, reassurance and happiness. It gives life; look how weak, limp and spindly plants become when deprived of light. Light reassures; it’s not only children who fear the dark! Light brings happiness, because it reveals the magnificent, wondrous beauty of our world.
Thank God each day for His gift of light, which is only a poor reflection of God’s own radiance and beauty. Praise God Who gave us His Son, Jesus, the Light of the World, so that we never have to walk in darkness again.
On Friday we celebrate the day when Jesus was presented in the Temple. This was the day when Simeon spoke his prophetic words. He was holding in His arms the Light of the world. At Mass, we light candles to remind us of Christ’s light and His shining presence in our lives. On Saturday, we celebrate the feast of St. Blaise, a fourth-century martyr bishop of Armenia. Legend has it that he saved the life of a little boy with a fishbone stuck in his throat, and so he became the patron saint of sore throats (or trying to avoid them!). The blessing of throats is given on that day.