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A Non-Pretentious Friend

Wednesday, January 31, 2018   Week IV in Ordinary Time

2Samuel 24:2, 9-17; Psalm 32; Mark 6:1-6
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of… Mark 6:3

 

What was Jesus like growing up? We know four things: he was very smart, asked a lot of questions, was

obedient to his parents, and nobody in town thought he was special (today’s Gospel: Luke 2:42-52).

 

Jesus wasn’t a show off. Even though he was the Messiah, he didn’t act superior to others. People just knew him as “the carpenter, the son of Mary,” the relative of folks they knew. They thought he was just like everybody else.

 

He wasn’t, of course. But you wouldn’t know that unless you got to know him on a personal level. Apparently few saw any reason to do that.

 

But there is no reason for us not to get to know him. Jesus is not stand-offish. He invites us to talk deeply and intimately with him. He does “not regard his equality with God as something that should keep others at a distance, but empties himself of prestige, becoming just like one of us” (see Philippians 26). We can read his words, think about them, ask him questions. And he will answer: not through words we hear, but through thoughts that move our hearts.

 

When we realize we have changed, we will know he has spoken.

 

Friendship is interaction. Interact with Jesus and he won’t keep you at a distance.

 

ACTION: Interact with Jesus as you do with your closest friends.

 

PRAYER: “Lord, be with me. Let me be with you.”

 

 

 

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