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Good News for the Day, January 18, 2018
Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (314)

Aware of the hostility he was creating, Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his followers. A significant number of people followed them from around Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, another large number of people came to him from Jerusalem, from the South—Idumea—and from the East—beyond the Jordan and the West—the Mediterranean city-state ports of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the press of the crowd, so that people would not crush him. He had cured many people; as a result, persons with diseases were pushing towards him to touch him. Whenever people dominated by lust (“impure spirits”) saw him, they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Child of God. He would warn them sternly not to make him well-known. (Mark 3)

The Jesus who walked in Galilee attracted people. Whether it was more His smile, a gravity of character, the content of what he said, the wisdom and practicality, or his sheer innocence—we do not know. Yet he steps back from the crowds, shushes the ones he cures and asks them—begs them—warns them—not to broadcast his actions

Scholars suggest that this concern is to avoid the misunderstanding about the Messiah. Scholars tell us that His world—especially Galilee—was rife with military “messiahs,”—men who led revolts against the Roman occupation during the lifetime of Jesus.

Good people attract followers. Mother Teresa, John the Baptist, Martin Luther King, Jr., St. Francis and Moses. It is the nature of leadership to inspire people. But the message of Jesus—in the end—is different from every one of these. His Word is the call NOT so much to “follow” Him, but to “BE” him in your world- He does not want you to imitate him, but to be His Hands, Mouth and Heart to everybody—to heal and visit, cloth and feed your fellow children of God. He and you and I—are “equals” under one Father. He may be the first, and “only-begotten” as the later creed says, but the point is never to forget your fundamental role as a child of God. If he is “eternal”—then you are part of that timelessness, acting now as the Body of Christ (as Paul puts it). He does not want you to be anything special—as He begs people not to consider him special. He is the “son of man”—the Human Child (of God) like you. It is not blasphemy to accept within you the self-same Spirit Jesus has; it is your calling!

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