Reflection from Fr. Taylor: January 28, 2018, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deuteronomy 18:15-20    1 Corinthians 7:32-35    Mark 1:21-28

There is often a reference in scripture that Jesus speaks with authority, He always spoke the truth and didn’t worry about who might not like it. There could be many times in life where we refuse to speak up about moral justice, racial justice, equality, and how we should treat each other. Often it has to do with how other people may take it, or react to us.

But when Jesus is speaking He is speaking to our hearts not with the false authority of someone trying to scare us into submission. He is not the insecure person who wants to convince us of something He does not believe Himself. Jesus teaches what He believes, believes what He teaches, and He asks us to do the same.  He came into our world as a Messiah motivated by nothing but love for us. Real authority and power in this world comes from a living concern for others, and  what we can do to help them.

As we attend the holy sacrifice of the Mass today, the Lord perhaps is speaking to us. He is not threatening us. He does not want to trick or deceive us into empty promises. He wants to change our hearts. He wants us to share His heart. He wants to make them like His. Each day there are many opportunities. How is Jesus speaking to our hearts today?


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