Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection January 18, 2024


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R/. In God I trust; I shall not fear.

V/. Alleluia R/. Alleluia

V/. Our Saviour Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel

R/. Alleluia

At that time: Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.

1.      Jealousy is a great monster that devours so many. King Saul was no exception to it. He was specially chosen and anointed by God as the king of Israel. But jealousy grips him as David is more praised than him and leads him even to plan to kill David.

2.       He feels insulted and gets infuriated when the women singing of David’s victory over the Philistines acclaim, “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands”. He conveniently forgets the great risk that David undertook on his behalf. David risked his very life in fighting against Goliath.

3.       On the other hand, we find Jonathan, Saul’s son who tries to mitigate and dissolve his father’s evil intention. He symbolizes the opposite and antidote to jealousy and that is benevolence. It is this benevolence that constantly ignites Jesus.

4.       Thereby he sets himself on a relentless mission of healing and exorcism. The benevolence of Jesus knew no bounds, no blocks. The persistent opposition of the Pharisees and scribes could in no way discourage or decrease his fervour. Passion for God’s will and compassion for the struggles of others lead him on an unstoppable march of healing and restoration.

5.       Today as the followers of Christ, this is the same spirit that we must inherit and this is the same mission that we must carry on. It is the spirit of unconditioned benevolence. And it is the undaunted mission of liberation and integration. We too will confront numberless opposing forces and assaults. But we shall persevere!

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