Season of Traveling with Jesus
“Traveling with Jesus” is based on the 4th-7th Sundays of Ordinary Time.
Love takes us beyond weariness.
The Lord has patience for his people. As you wait on the Lord, Jesus waits for you and greets you in power and in love.
As we walk the miles with Jesus through the Gospel we note his concerns. Prayer with the Father is always a priority.
Healing the physical body parallels the healing of the spiritual—through forgiveness of sins.
Appearance before the priest signifies the authority of God that ‘ratifies’ the healing, the forgiveness. Repentance brings immediate relief but the priest is necessary to rejoin the community which was protected from harm by the separation.
The inclination to seek healing is overwhelming for those in need. How joyous the Lord when the sinner seeks healing rather than hiding.
Weariness comes from the weight of lack of repentance yet the Lord sets this aside and promises to ‘remember your sins no more’. How gracious and loving God is!
We are invited to travel with Jesus. Pausing to pray, calling upon the power of God for healing and preaching the Good News to all who are attracted to the blessings of healing and to those who genuinely call on the Lord as Father and Savior.
Why must we seek the Lord to find him? Why does he not come and find us like the lost sheep? The Lord does look for us when we are lost and sends many “shepherds” to look for us; however, unless we in turn look for him we will wander farther and farther into the darkness.
By seeking him we prove the need for him and a place in our hearts, in our lives, carved out to make room for him and his love and power. In his divinity He can be always with us, but by our freewill we can squeeze him out of our hearts, out of our lives.
Making Jesus a part of our daily lives is not extremely difficult. Peter’s mother-in-law got up through healing and did what she was called to do—cook for Jesus and his followers. Is this difficult? Is this beyond our capabilities?
When called to preach, Paul lets us know it is like taking your next breath. Woe to him who refuses to breathe! Each day the Lord gives us opportunities to live the gospel.
Are you willing to seek him out?
References and Resources:
Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2 Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission. All rights reserved.
“Synagogue. The house of worship of the Jews of the Dispersion. Although mention is made of the synagogue in Mosaic times (Num. 4:34; 31:13), it is believed that the synagogue as a formal place of worship originated at the time of the Babylonian captivity, when worship in the Temple of Jerusalem was impossible. Sacrifice diminished in importance at this time and prayers and scriptural readings became the most common part of the religious ceremony. By the first century there were many synagogues in Palestine and a small number in Hebrew settlements outside Palestine. They were minor places of religious assembly among the Jews, used also as schools, libraries and halls of judgment.” Welcome to the Catholic Church. Harmony Media. Dictionary. Mark 8:29 “And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah.”Mark 1:22 “They were astonished at the teaching”
Mark 1:35 “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.”
Matthew 25: 1-13 Story of the Five Wise Virgins
CCC 2558 ”Great is the mystery of the faith!” The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles’ Creed (Part One) and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy (Part Two), so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father (Part Three). This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer.
CCC 2590 ”Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (St. John Damascene, De fide orth. 3, 24: PG 94, 1089C).
NAB Mark 1:38 He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”
RSV Leviticus 13: “44 he is a leprous man, he is unclean; the priest must pronounce him unclean; his disease is on his head. 45 ”The leper who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ 46 He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease; he is unclean; he shall dwell alone in a habitation outside the camp.”
RSV Leviticus 22 “5 and whoever touches a creeping thing by which he may be made unclean or a man from whom he may take uncleanness, whatever his uncleanness may be– 6 the person who touches any such shall be unclean until the evening and shall not eat of the holy things unless he has bathed his body in water. 7 When the sun is down he shall be clean; and afterward he may eat of the holy things, because such are his food.”
RSV 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”
Isaiah chapter 43:19 “See, I am doing something new!”
Isaiah 43:22 “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob, for you grew weary of me, O Israel.”
1 Corinthians 7:32-35 “be free of anxieties”
II Corinthians 1:18-22 He is never anything but “yes” to us
Weeds Among the Wheat Discernment: Where Prayer & Action Meet. Thomas H. Greene, S.J., 1984. Ave Maria Press.
Readings for Season of Preparation see Readings & Catechism
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 18:15-20 God promised at Horeb to raise up a prophet to speak His words
1 Corinthians 7:32-35 “be free of anxieties”
Mark 1:21-28 At Capernaum Jesus taught new with authority; Jesus rebuked unclean spirit which cried out “You are the Holy One of God!” “His fame spread everywhere”
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Job 7:1-4, 6-7 “I am filled with restlessness until the dawn”
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 “woe if I don’t preach”
Mark 1:29-39 Simon’s mother-in-law healed, deserted place for prayer, “let us go on”
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 “priest shall declare him unclean” “dwell apart”
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 “do everything for the glory of God” “imitate me, as I am of Christ”
Mark 1:40-45 “be made clean” “tell no one–show the priest” He remained in deserted place and people came from everywhere
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25 “I am doing something new” “you grew weary of Me” “your sins I remember no more”
2 Corinthians 1:18-22 “not yes and no but yes”
Mark 2:1-12 paralytic lowered from roof, “your sins are forgiven” “pick up your mat and walk”