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Monday, January 18, 2021

Reflection 2021-01-19 Tuesday Week 2 in Ordinary Time

Hebrews 6:10-20; Psalm 111; Mark 2:23-28
The First Reading tells us: Human beings of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. God is infinitely greater than any human being. Which is why in the Gospel today, when the Pharisees questioned Jesus about the disciples doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath, Jesus replied, the Sabbath was made for people, and not people for the Sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.
By saying this, Jesus points to his supremacy over human laws. The laws of men cannot trump the laws of God. From God’s perspective, the life of a human being is far more important than any law. So while the government may have laws that allow for the destruction of a human being, we are not to agree with these, because God’s law is higher than any human law.
And we know that when we uphold the laws of God, we have hope that we will achieve what God has planned for us: eternal life. This is the hope we cling to, so that we may not become sluggish but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. While the author points to those who held fast to God’s promises, he reminds us that there is one thing God cannot do: that God would prove false. God’s promises are true. And the First Reading ends with: we have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf has entered. This hope is proven by the death and resurrection and ascension of Jesus.
Our hope is not in vain. It is real and God will fulfill it. So no matter how dark or hopeless things may be, we cling to that hope and believe, God will defend us, and he will not betray us.
Lord, let me realize you are God and I am not. Teach me to come to you in humility and surrender. Be the Lord of my life, as I trust you.

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