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BEING FOCUSED

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes

Introduction

Jesus fame spread every­where but he did not sit still as many would. Instead, he ‎con­tin­ued to spread the Gos­pel, for that was his aim, not his own hon­our. If your ‎repu­ta­tion is high, then, you must work harder to keep it up. As indic­ated in last Sunday reflec­tion, “with the expres­sion Jesus went about doing good, Mark seems to have sum­mar­ized the vari­ous aspects of Jesus developed by Mat­thew, Luke and John. Both emphas­ize the king­ship (Mat­thew), human­ity (Luke) and divine son­ship (John) of Jesus. On the same day Jesus delivered the man pos­sessed of unclean spir­it, he also healed Peter’s moth­er-in-law and oth­ers who were sick (cf. Mark 1:21–38). These are all fruits of teach­ing and.….

Remaining focused

That even­ing, at sun­down, they brought to him all who were sick or pos­sessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with vari­ous dis­eases, and cast out many demons…”  (Mark 1:32–34). It is obvi­ous that people nev­er under­stood Jesus’ mis­sion. Hav­ing seen how he delivered the man with unclean spir­it in the syn­agogue, and hav­ing seen how he restored Peter’s moth­er-in-law health, they star­ted bring­ing to him people who suf­fer one sick­ness or the oth­er. Jesus knew the people were try­ing to devi­ate his mis­sion and atten­tion. Hence, the fol­low­ing morn­ing, while it was still dark, he with­drew to a lonely place to reflect on his mis­sion and to reflect also on the con­di­tion of the people. Even his dis­ciples could not under­stand his mis­sion. They joined the crowd in search­ing for him. At the saying.….

Conclusion

Because Jesus’ sole inten­tion for teach­ing was to lib­er­ate people from tor­tur­ing ignor­ance, and make them under­stand why and how God should be wor­shipped and how bet­ter to inter­act with one anoth­er, people appre­ci­ated his teach­ings. Accord­ing to Mark, Jesus began his mis­sion with these words “the time is ful­filled, and the king­dom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” (Mark 1:15). Now, those who listened to his teach­ings, accep­ted them and repen­ted, had heal­ings both phys­ic­al and spir­itu­al. His teach­ings also lib­er­ated people from the vicis­situdes of life (cf. First Read­ing) and gave them a new reas­on to love life. In his Epistle to the Romans (6:17–18), Paul dis­tin­guishes between being slaves to sin (Greek: douloi tēs amar­tias) and being enslaved to righteousness.….

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