< <  

Monday, January 30, 2023

  > >

Hebrews 11:32-40
Psalm 31:20-24
Mark 5:1-20

View Readings
Similar Reflections

the school of soft knocks

“The man who had been possessed was pressing to accompany” Jesus. —Mark 5:18

Some people will do anything for Jesus. They have “endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword’s point” (Heb 11:36-37). Other people will throw Jesus out of town just because He had something to do with their losing a few thousand pork chops, pounds of bacon, and hams (Mk 5:17).

Most people, even Christians, do not see themselves as extremely in love or in hate with Jesus. They don’t see themselves as martyrs because they often put selfish pleasures ahead of the Lord. Conversely, they don’t see themselves as throwing Jesus out of town. These people are neither hot nor cold toward Jesus, but lukewarm (Rv 3:16).

Jesus loves us too much to let this lukewarmness continue. He will quietly, respectfully, yet persistently keep calling each of us by name and knocking on our doors (Rv 3:20). Eventually, we will no longer be able to brush Jesus off. Each of us will have to give our whole life to Him or crucify Him (see Heb 6:6). Because of Jesus’ loving insistence that we abandon ourselves to Him, we eventually love or hate Him (Mt 6:24). We decide to be with Him forever in heaven or without Him forever in hell.

Jesus is knocking again. Answer the door.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I do anything for You — even live and die for You.

Promise:  “Go home to your family and make it clear to them how much the Lord in His mercy has done for you.” —Mk 5:19

Praise:  A visit to a Catholic church as a child was the seed that eventually drew Louise into the Church.

Reference:  (Our retreat center in Adams County, Ohio is the perfect setting for getting equipped to serve the Lord in your life, wherever God has planted you. Visit our website www.presentationministries.com to learn about the upcoming retreats.)

Rescript:  In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat for the publication One Bread, One Body covering the time period from December 1, 2022, through January 31, 2023. Reverend Steve J. Angi, Chancellor, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio April 12, 2022

The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.