Daily Reflection for Wednesday, July 06 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8 12
Responsorial: Psalm 105: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gospel: Mark 10:1-7
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
In the Gospel today, Jesus sends out his disciples with the proclamation: “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” The Kingdom of Heaven/God is used over 100 times in the New Testament by Jesus. What was Jesus signaling then and how does that relate to our lives as Christians today?
Reflecting upon the words Kingdom of Heaven/God and what it means, I discovered it signifies God’s divinity (Jesus), and our humanity coming together. Humanity’s relationship with God fell apart in the Garden of Eden, and Jesus came to repair that relationship. It appears in today’s reading that Jesus is marking the beginning and wants his disciples to tell and show others that he has arrived.
How do we, as modern-day Christians, show that Jesus has indeed arrived? Today’s Gospel today suggests visible signs: authority over unclean spirits and healing people with diseases. Although chasing away unclean spirits or healing people may be relegated to a few, there are other ways we can produce visible signs for people to see. We might ask ourselves: Do I spend time performing Corporal and Spiritual Works of mercy? Do I plant seeds as the parables mention? Is my faith the size of a mustard seed, grown into a large bush, or like yeast mixed into the dough? Do I have childlike faith? Do I follow God’s will or my will? These examples and more are given to us in the Bible from Jesus.
Simply stated, we bring the Kingdom of Heaven/God to this place and time, anytime we choose to love as God loves. Even the smallest moments of our lives can be full of visible signs that point to the Kingdom of God.
How do you bring the Kingdom of Heaven/God to those around you?
Blessings for the journey!