Reflection for Wednesday, January 13, 1999: 1st week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorO'Reilly, Daniel Patricken_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorO'Reilly, Daniel Patricken_US
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dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US
dc.date.day13en_US
dc.date.daynameWednesdayen_US
dc.date.issued1999-01-13en_US
dc.date.monthJanuaryen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 1en_US
dc.date.year1999en_US
dc.description.abstractSometimes when I read Scripture the words almost jump off the page and hit me between the eyes. The meaning can be so clear or it can be an answer to a prayerful question. Well, this isn't one of those times. This is one of those times where I read the Scriptures, look skyward and ask, "what are You talkin' about?" However, despite my Scriptural confusion there is a message here. The author of Hebrews tells us that God can always help us. Christ was tempted (just like us) and suffered (just like us). Christ came here "to free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death." Are you afraid of dying? Christ tells us that we shouldn't be afraid. What a hard thing. If anyone is to be believed in this area, it should be Christ. I think Christ's view of death is: been there, done that, conquered and am now holding a spot for you in Heaven.||There's a song by "The Waiting" with the refrain, "Some people live their lives like they're on number nine, but I'm gonna be around for a long, long time." Jesus tells us not to be anxious about our lives. I don't know how many times the phrase "don't be afraid" comes out of Christ's mouth, but it is throughout Scripture. When I was a child I was afraid of dying. In my teenage years my hormones overcame my brain cells and I wasn't afraid of death for some time. Later I got married and all these kids started showing up. Then I became afraid of death, not necessarily for myself, but for what would happen to everyone around me if I died. I became a life insurance salesman's dream. Yet if I'm to hold God to His promises, I shouldn't be afraid. The psalmist reminds us of this. He states that we should give thanks to the Lord and call on His name. He assures us that God remembers his covenant forever.|In Mark's Gospel, Christ goes to the house of Simon's mother-in-law. She is ill and Christ heals her. I don't know about you, but if Christ healed me I'd be doing cartwheels and shouting in astonishment. Instead Simon's mother-in-law gets up and asks if Jesus would like a sandwich. It's almost laughable. Obviously she has an incredible faith, to the point that she expects miracles. Lord, that my faith could be so strong. How do we find the faith where we have no fear of death? How do we reach faith where we expect miracles? I think we find it somewhere in worship, in prayer, in fellowship, in service or in Scripture. To be honest, I'm not sure, but I'm working on it.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 307en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Hebrews 2:14-18en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 1:29-39en_US
dc.titleReflection for Wednesday, January 13, 1999: 1st week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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