January 19, 2021
by Cindy Costanzo
Creighton University's University Relations
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Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 312

Hebrews 6:10-20
Psalm 111:1-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c
Mark 2:23-28

Praying Ordinary Time

In the Gospel…Mark 2: 23-28 the disciples are travel weary and hungry. They pull and eat the grains from the wheat field as they walk with Jesus. The Pharisees are quick to condemn and point out the violation of this conduct on the Sabbath day.  Jesus intervenes and delivers a strong message. In Jesus actions he shows that love at this time involves taking care of the disciples' physical needs while protecting them from harm. The Pharisees are blinded to the human condition of the disciples and their weariness and hunger. Their blindness pushes them forward to uphold a rule without considering the context of the situation. The physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the disciples are not at the forefront; the rules, laws and traditions are at the forefront.  

What is Jesus’ message? Have I acted similarly? Do I recognize the veil on my own eyes? Do I recognize the times I have not listened or understood? Jesus’ message is to seek understanding, to not judge, to not reach premature conclusions based on assumptions or predetermined rules. To care and demonstrate love for each other.  

Saint Ignatius followed Jesus and his teachings. St. Ignatius emphasized the importance to consider the context and experiences, to observe, listen, and find meaning in what was happening. Then take that information, reflect, and pray.  Ultimately, the message for me is understanding that God loves me and you unconditionally. We have a deep need to understand God’s love as did the Pharisees and the disciples. What stops us from recognizing this love or loving others? Let us continue to look within, seek to understand, to be self-aware and to connect with others.  

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