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Lord, may I rejoice in Your presence

We too need to remember that Jesus is with us and not to get caught up in a lot of negative thinking or unhelpful forms of spirituality.

Lord, may I rejoice in Your presence

Mon 2oth Jan 2020
2nd Week in Ordinary Time
1 Sam. 15:16-23; Ps. 50(49):8-9,16-17,21,23;
Mk. 2:18-22 (Ps Wk II)

Many people make a show of doing God’s will but insist on doing their own. Saul was one such man, and it brought about his downfall. Samuel had given him strict instructions from God to execute judgment on the Amalekites, but Saul kept some of the loot and took the Amalekite king prisoner. For this disobedience, one of many, God withdrew his support of Saul as king. We should never confuse our own opinions and desires with the will of God. Let God be God.

Some people were offended that the disciples of Jesus were not fasting as other groups did. Jesus pointed out that fasting is what we do when the Beloved is absent - it reminds us of our longing for them. But Jesus was there in their midst, walking, talking, and eating with them every day. No need to fast! The day would come when he would be gone, and then they could fast. They could not be sad as long as Jesus was with them. We too need to remember that Jesus is with us and not to get caught up in a lot of negative thinking or unhelpful forms of spirituality. If we truly have the Lord in our hearts, we can do nothing but be joyful and celebrate.

Lord, may I rejoice in Your presence.

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