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JAN 21. ORDINARY TIME. (B) WK. 2. THU. MK. 3. 7-12.

Updated: Aug 22

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lakeside, and great crowds from Galilee followed him. From Judaea, Jerusalem, Idumaea, Transjordania and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him. And he asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to keep him from being crushed. For he had cured so many that all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he warned them strongly not to make him known.

The previous reading, after curing the man with a withered hand, concluded: “The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him”, which Jesus responded to by “withdrawing with his disciples to the lakeside, where great crowds followed him!”

So, like today, Christ had to deal with two very diverse groups of people; - those who reject his teachings; - and those who believe; - a situation that existed in the time of Christ, - despite multiple miracles; - and continues today, even after his resurrection from the dead?

What more can God do for us? He sent his only Son to Teach us and to Redeem us and Christ proved to us he was God by all his miracles; - and, at the end of his life he also bore witness to the extent of his love for us by enduring his Passion and Death; - but still many refuse to believe? So why is our response to his Love and Teaching so disheartening and apathetic; - even by those of us who believe?

And the present reading only illustrates further the extent of this issue; - “And great crowds from Galilee followed him. From Judaea, Jerusalem, Idumaea, Transjordania and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him. And he asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to keep him from being crushed.”

Great crowds followed him” as a result of all his miracles and cures, as well as the wisdom of his teachings; - but now we have to ask a very obvious question; - where were these “great crowds” when Christ was being crucified on Calvary? Where were all the believers? Where were all those who had been been fed after Christ’s preachings? Where were all those who had been cured of their sicknesses?

There were crowds who were jeering at Jesus, and there were soldiers; - but where were the faithful, and the witnesses to Christ’s miracles?

Does not the same absenteeismcontinue today? Why do our churches remain largely empty? Why is the sacrament of Confession “no longer needed”? Why are nearly every aspect of Christ’s teaching questioned and ignored? Why are vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life dwindling before our eyes? … “Great Crowds” did follow Jesus, but where are they now?

We only have two options; - to allow our Faith and Love to continue to weaken or, alternatively, to strengthen it, via Prayer, Sacrament, Devotion to Mary, Charity, Mortification and Humility; - all of which were taught; - and lived; - by Christ while he was among us!

Remembering also to TRUST in God’s Wisdom and Love as he is the Creator, we the creatures!

Gospel Acclamation cf.2Tm1:10

Alleluia, alleluia!

Our Saviour Jesus Christ has done away with death

and brought us life through his gospel.


First reading Hebrews 7:25-8:6

He has offered sacrifice once and for all by offering himself

The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him.

To suit us, the ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because he has done this once and for all by offering himself. The Law appoints high priests who are men subject to weakness; but the promise on oath, which came after the Law, appointed the Son who is made perfect for ever.

The great point of all that we have said is that we have a high priest of exactly this kind. He has his place at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in the heavens, and he is the minister of the sanctuary and of the true Tent of Meeting which the Lord, and not any man, set up. It is the duty of every high priest to offer gifts and sacrifices, and so this one too must have something to offer. In fact, if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are others who make the offerings laid down by the Law and these only maintain the service of a model or a reflection of the heavenly realities. For Moses, when he had the Tent to build, was warned by God who said: See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

We have seen that he has been given a ministry of a far higher order, and to the same degree it is a better covenant of which he is the mediator, founded on better promises.

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