A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
“He Explained Everything”
June 16, 2018
How wonderful would it be to have been one of the disciples spoken of in this line of Mark’s Gospel? “Without parables, he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples, he explained everything in private.” Mark 4.34 We often struggle to understand the messages given to us in Sacred Scripture and such was the case for the early Christians, even as they listened to Jesus in person.
We even hear how some of his own relatives thought Jesus was out of his mind and the scribes thought him to be possessed of the devil. Jesus often used parables to help people understand that God’s ways are not our ways and even then we often come away with only a glimpse of understanding God and his actions.
But that verse above reveals that Jesus, in private, did a whole lot more explaining to his disciples when they were regrouped, perhaps at the end of a long day. Oh, how great it would have been to be in those gatherings; to be gifted with a deeper understanding, a revelation of God himself!
We might liken the homilies we hear at Mass to those early days when Jesus offered further insight to his disciples. We too are disciples, led not by Jesus in the flesh, rather by an ordained priest who stands “in persona” of Christ right here in our parish. Our priest, for us Fr. Tim, speaks from the ambo with words of wisdom with the same desire as Jesus; that people might come to know, understand and appreciate who God is and how much he loves his people. Our priests are able to convey the message with and by the power of the Holy Spirit present in them in a profound way through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
So as we gather to pray together at Mass, the greatest of all prayers of the People of God, let us open our ears, our minds and our hearts that we might come to understand the beauty of the message being conveyed from God to us through the homily. Then let us take that teaching and do our best to apply it to our lives that we might go forth to love and serve others in God’s name. And when we “regroup” with our families at the end of a busy day, like the disciples, let us spend time in prayer that we too, might draw closer to God and come to know him in a more personal way. Have a wonderful week and enjoy your daily prayer, whether speaking to or listening to our awesome God who longs to hear from you.