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 bible, I connect with numerous holy men and women who were part of the story that changed the world. Reading the bible is reading the mind of God. I found that every text of the bible 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 discovered a pattern in its first chapter I had never seen before. I would love to share with you my discovery.
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 Jesus. Next they followed Jesus to the gathering place where a typical Jew during the time of Jesus would go so as 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. This 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, Jesus asked to visit with Simon and Andrew in their homes. See the pattern: Simon and Andrew followed Jesus to worship and Jesus followed them home. This is one of the ways God works with those who believe in Him. No one who comes to church to worship the Lord leaves home alone; Jesus follows them home. And at home, your worship becomes a special grace – a moment when God brings hope and healing to your home. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick, but the presence of Jesus at home brought healing for her.
For us Catholics, the last dismissal call after Mass is what in Latin is stated as Ite, Missa est. It is also a call for those who came to worship to go and proclaim the good news of the Lord to others, a call to mission. It is a call to carry the Lord, his good news, to your homes and your community. The worship of God in church brings about the special visit of Jesus in the home of the worshiper. And when Jesus visits the home, there is hope and is healing.
So, I invite you to worship. Visit with the Lord in the Church and you will see that the glory of worship will lightens the gloom in your home.
God love you. God bless you.