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Second Week of Ordinary Time

Heb. 7:25-8:6 & Mk. 3:7-12

How comforting are these words, “The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain.” Why is this so? “Since He is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through Him.” These are the opening words of the first reading. In them we can find great security. We want to be saved and now we know for certain we can be saved through Jesus our High Priest, “holy, innocent, uncontaminated, our Mediator with God the Father.” “He has His place at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in heaven.”

Our High Priest does not offer new sacrifices every day. He did that once and for all when He offered Himself on Calvary. At Mass that offering of His Body and Blood is re-presented daily under the signs of bread and wine. Whenever we attend Mass our whole lives are joined with that of Jesus as He offers Himself and us to His Father making our sacrifice perfect.

In the Gospel we see Jesus’ fame had spread far beyond the territory of Galilee. Some sought His company to be cured of their aliments, others simply to satisfy their curiosity to see wonders worked. Jesus performed miracles as a sign of His compassion for those who suffered. It was also a means to prepare people to listen to the good news He had for them.

Today we read of how He asked His disciples to have a fishing boat ready by the lake shore to avoid being crushed by the crowd and which would also provide a natural stage from which to speak. There were times when He had His reasons for avoiding the crowd. Jesus needed to withdraw from them so that He could give time to His Father and be alone with His apostles. Here we learn from Jesus the need for prayer in our lives.

Lord Jesus, may we realise that You are always there to make intercession for us with God the Father, and we can bring all our troubles to You confident in the knowledge that You will hear us.

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