Discovering the Presence of Christ - Daily Gospel Reflections
December 2, 2013
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. - Matthew 8:5-8
Discover Jesus in His word. Believe in the power of Jesus' word as did the centurion. Jesus speaks not only to him, but also to us. Do not allow fear or doubt to turn you away from hearing His voice. Place your trust in His healing words.
Pray for someone who is need of healing today. Trust in Jesus' words, "I will come to cure him."
Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” –Luke 10:23-24
As Disciples of Christ we are privileged to be invited by Jesus to see and hear things differently. This invitation is not to deny the challenges that exist in this world, which is all too often full of chaos, violence, and fear. Rather, it is an invitation, in the midst of the challenges, to encounter the presence of Jesus. Jesus reminds us to discover meaning in the chaos, to seek peace amidst the violence, and to hold firmly to faith in the moments of fear. As disciples we choose to see Jesus’ presence of love, reconciliation and hope. And so when you are confronted with challenges don’t despair. Instead, stop, close your eyes, and take a breath. Then open your eyes to see God’s blessings and open your ears to Jesus’ voice calling on you to be His presence of love, reconciliation and hope in the world all around you.
Take a quiet five-minute walk outside. Experience the sights and sounds around you. Name God’s blessings in your life. Then reflect on where Jesus is calling on you to be His presence of love, reconciliation or hope to another person or situation.
Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full. –Matthew 15:32-39
Discover Jesus in the other. Today Jesus’ heart is moved with pity for the crowd. In today’s world pity is often understood as “feeling sorry” for the other. For Jesus the word pity is much stronger. It is a strong feeling of sympathy for the other; it is having compassion, to suffer with the other. It is when we are weak Jesus looks to nourish us. As disciples we are invited to give what we have to Jesus. We can often find ourselves in what seems to be an impossible situation. Instead of “giving up” Jesus invites us to “give him” what we have. We must not be helpless or hopeless! We serve a God of miracles and Jesus proves to us time and time again he will not only satisfy us, He will go over and beyond to provide us an abundance! In response to our suffering and to the sufferings of others, we must be willing to give whatever we have to Jesus. And when we do, not only will we be satisfied, we will be able to go forth to share the blessings we have received with others.
Be compassionate with someone else today. It may be a simple greeting, phone call or an invitation for a meal. Don’t forget to help those who cannot repay you. Perhaps you can prepare a sack lunch or buy a meal for someone homeless or on the street. When we give ourselves in service to others everyone receives.
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