for Sunday, February 19, 2012
Always the work of salvation is a work of Jesus Christ. We sometimes fool
ourselves into thinking that we have done something good. The Scriptures
are very basic in reminding us that all that is good comes from the Lord.
The first reading today, from the Book of Isaiah, is very clear that we
can do nothing and that God can do all things. It is also clear that we
must do our part: bring others to the Lord, presenting ourselves to the
Lord, speaking with the Lord, etc. God wants each and every one of us.
God is willing to send His own Son for our sake. The question is always
whether we are willing to give ourselves in return.
Sometimes we cannot even bring ourselves to approach the Lord. Our God
loves us so much that He will go out of His way to look for us and find us.
We want to do the will of the Lord but are stopped by the challenges of a
life lived in a secular way. At times we find ourselves living the words
of Saint Paul: what I want to do, I do not do. What I do not want to do,
that is what I end up doing.
How much faith do we have? Are we willing to go out on a limb for the
good of others? Are we willing to offer our lives for others, in service
of others, for the good of others? Are we willing to give our lives so
that we can serve one another with great respect.
The Second Letter to the Corinthians tells us today that God is always YES
to us and we are invited to be the AMEN to God. One of the greatest
challenges of our faith is knowing and living this great mystery: God
loves us always and forever.
May God give us all wisdom and knowledge this day - and the strength to be
AMEN to God.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 43.18-19, 20-22, 24-25
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 1.18-22
Gospel: Mark 2.1-12
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