Daily Reflection
February 3rd, 2007

Roc O'Connor, S.J.

Campus Ministry and Theology Department
Click here for a photo of and information on this writer.

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
Psalms 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Mark 6:30-34

First off, let me start with a question. It’s something I wonder about concerning this gospel passage. I don’t intend to be irreverent, but was Jesus a workaholic? Would his spiritual director tell him today to tighten up his boundaries? I don’t know. But, it’s something I deal with.

What I really want to look at with you today is this notion of “the sacrifice of praise.” It seems so easy. All I have to do is say something good about God, right? That doesn’t cost anything, really, does it?

This term, “sacrifice of praise” appears in the First Eucharistic Prayer at least a couple of times. It has come to mean a lot to me in the past few years. I have come to take it as a statement from the worshiping Church to God that says, “It’s not about ME, but about YOU!” In other words, the praise of the Church is meant to be a total self-offering, a pouring out of self toward God.

That suggests that, on the last day, when we all will be able to truly pray the 23rd psalm and claim that “The Lord really IS my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want,” then we shall be caught up in the fullness of Love Outpoured. That’s when receiving and giving are the same thing.

Now, maybe that answers the question about Jesus being a workaholic. We workaholics work too hard to make up for emptiness. Perhaps Jesus’ continued giving was more a reflection of mystery of fullness and emptiness he lived with rather than a making up. Hmmm, I’ll have to think about that. You?

Click on the link below to send an e-mail response
to the writer of this reflection.
Let Your Friends Know About This Reflection By Sending Them An E-mail


Collaborative Ministry Office Guestbook