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Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II) (23rd January, 2020) on the Gospel
 
1Sam 18:6-9;19:1-7;
Ps 55:2-3.9-14 (R. v.5);
Mk 3:7-12.
Topic: Press upon Jesus.
Many people from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond Jordan and the region around Tyre and Sidon followed Jesus in today’s gospel. And all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch Him because He had cured many. And to avoid being crushed a boat was prepared for Him.
Today it still looks as if many look for Jesus judging by the rush for both real and fake powerful men/women of God. Although in actual fact, most of these search not for Christ but for solutions to their both real and imaginary problems. Unfortunately, many have gone astray in the process of seeking solutions instead of Christ. Many are ready for anything including sacrificing their faith on any altar that promises them what they look for.
We must remember the words of Christ, “...what will it profit them, if they gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?” (Matt 16:26; cf. Lk 9:25)
Bible Reading: Matt 16:24-28; Jn 21:15-19.
Thought for today: Look for Jesus Christ and not for the signs He can perform.
Let us pray: May God help us decide for Him alone – Amen.
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