Come away . . . and rest a while

Saint Jerome Emiliani (Optional Memorial)   Come away . . . and rest a while.   The apostles have just completed a successful mission trip (Mark 6:12-13).   Now Jesus tells them it’s time to rest.   They need time alone, not only to rest their bodies, but also to spend some quiet time in prayer. So why didn’t Jesus tell the crowds to let them be for just a few hours?   Couldn’t they just give him and his disciples a bit of a break?   Well,...

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The Lord forgave him his sins and exalted his strength

4th Week in Ordinary Time The Lord forgave him his sins and exalted his strength.   What a shining portrait Ben Sira, the author of Sirach, paints for us of King David!   “As a youth he slew the giant and wiped out the people’s disgrace. . . . When he assumed the royal crown, he battled and subdued the enemy on every side. . . . With his whole being he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung” (Sirach 47:4, 6-8).   This is a bright...

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seated on the throne of his father

Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)   . . . seated on the throne of his father . . . , with his sovereignty firmly established.    In today’s first reading (1 Kings 2:12), King David gives Solomon counsel on how to be a good ruler and then hands over the kingship to him. The backstory, however, isn’t so neat and tidy. The history of Saul, David, and Solomon is a sometimes sordid tale of palace intrigue, dynastic conflict, and...

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They took offense at him

Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr (Memorial)   They took offense at him.    So many miracles!   In the previous chapter of Mark’s Gospel alone, we see Jesus walk into a cemetery and cause a legion of demons to fly out of a man (5:1-20).   We see a woman touch Jesus’ clothing and receive a long hoped-for healing (5:25-34).   And we see Jesus speak just two words to bring a young girl back to life (5:41).   But then Jesus came to his hometown, and...

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The king was grieving for his son

4th Week in Ordinary Time   The king was grieving for his son.   The messenger who brought King David news of Absalom’s death thought he was delivering good news.   After all, Absalom—David’s third son—had rebelled and tried to wrest the kingdom from his father.   But David saw it only as horrible news.   All he could do was weep. David’s relationship with Absalom was certainly rocky.   Absalom had killed his older brother, Amnon, as revenge...

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What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God

Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial)   What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?    It is natural for us to want to focus on the love of Jesus, basking in it the way a flower turns toward the sun.   There is nothing wrong with this, and in fact, it’s something we should do often.   But that doesn’t mean we should avoid thinking about the devil or his influence in the world. The danger of pushing to the side...

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