Grace to you!
I find so much joy and nourishment reading the Bible. For me, it is the recipe for strength, growth, and empowerment. Through the Scripture, I connect with numerous holy men and women who were part of the story that changed the world. Reading the Bible is getting to understand the mind of God. I found that every Scriptural message is news, good news. Each day, a particular text reveals more and more hidden things about God, making me discover myself more. For instance, I recently started reading the Gospel of Mark. I found a pattern in its first chapter I had never seen before. I would love to share my discovery with you.
After the baptism of Jesus and the first proclamation by Jesus of the reign of the Kingdom of God, Jesus called the first four apostles, Simon and Andrew, James and John. They left everything they were doing and became the disciples of the Lord Jesus. Next, they followed the Lord to the gathering place where a typical Jew during the time of Jesus would go to worship God on the Sabbath. Synagogues are not the meeting of large numbers, but a handful of people. Once there are up to 10 people or more, a synagogue could take place. It could be in homes, public squares, under a shade, or wherever it is convenient for the people. So, Jesus seized the non-rigid structure of the synagogue gathering to share a new message.
After the worship, the Lord asked to visit with Simon and Andrew in their homes. See the pattern: Simon and Andrew followed the Lord to worship, and the Lord followed them home. This is one of the ways God works with those who believe. No one who comes to church to worship the Lord leaves home alone. The Lord follows them home. At home, your worship becomes a special grace—a moment when God brings hope and healing. Simon's mother-in-law was sick, but the presence of the Lord in the home brought healing for her.
For us Catholics of the Latin Rite, the last dismissal call at Mass—"go in peace, the Mass is ended"--is an invitation to carry on the missionary work of the Church. It is also an invitation to worshippers to go and proclaim the good news of the Lord to others. It is a call to carry the Lord, His good news, to your homes, and your community. The news is that of saving grace. The worship of God in church brings about the special visit of the Lord in the home of the worshiper. I hope you know that when the Lord visits the home, there is grace, hope and healing.
So, I invite you to worship. Visit with the Lord in the church, and you will see that the glory of worship will lighten the gloom in your home.
I pray the Lord to make in our homes, his abiding presence. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Wednesday, Week 1 in Ordinary Time: 1 Sm 3:1-10; MK 1:29-39]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.