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Lenten Meditation-Mark 1:38

A Preaching Tour in Galilee

38He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ 

Today so many have heard Jesus’ message. Yet, God is so remote to us. How often do we wrestle just with the notion of God’s existence? We have science; we have books; we can travel to the neighboring towns with ease. To those who heard Jesus’ message for the first time in Galilee, we would seem blessed beyond all comprehension.  But, who is blessed? God was near to them. They were blessed.

Now that all is near, God is far. We have everything, but we have nothing. We have no one to heal us. Not like Jesus healed.  Twenty centuries and what ails us maybe worse than ever. We know the message that Jesus spoke throughout Galilee. We have it in our books; we preach it in our churches and on our televisions. Our books fill our shelves. Our screens fill our walls. Our thoughts have little to do with that message. It grows weaker here. It is still heard where there is poverty, desperation and despotism. But, here we are forgetting. Forgetting because we love only ourselves.

Are we doomed to repeat what all of history has done? Will we forget the message, let God abandon us, and only then realize our mistake?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, bring the message to us again so that we may be close to You again. Amen


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