The good news for the day January 12, 2017
Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (308)
A man with serious skin problems came to Jesus. Kneeling down in front of him, He begged Jesus, “If you want to, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus put his hand out, touched the man with the disease, and said to him, “I want to! Become clean.” The skin condition cleared immediately; he was made clean. Then, warning the man sternly, Jesus dismissed him at once. Jesus said to him, “Make sure not to tell anyone anything; just go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be public proof.” The man went away and began to make the whole matter widely known. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in places with fewer people—and people kept coming to him from everywhere. (Mark 1)
Jesus tells people cured by him not to publicize the miracles. Why? If they are significant events, if Jesus wants to change his world, if Jesus wants to reveal his power to instill belief—why NOT publish the miracles?
Here is a fundamental point that suggests how far we have drifted from the way Jesus sees things. For Jesus, the point is that God, His Father and ours, is what is important. It is the Creator—His and our Father—who causes events of this kind to happen. The Father sees the faith, sees the trust. It is by the power of the Spirit of the Father, working through Jesus, that change is effected. Jesus is humble—and tries to convey the honor of the miracle back to God, His Father.
So, it is not you—whether you have the power or not. You and I can feel leprous—or despairing, powerless, overwhelmed. Or we can feel superior, in charge and righteous. The Reality is that it is God who counts, the Creator who matters. The Good News is that the more He increases—the more miracles happen! Pray to our Father—and leave it at that.