Audio Readings January 21, 2015 Ordinary Time

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17

Psalm 110:1-4
Mark 3:1-6

Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

His name first means . . . king of peace. (Hebrews 7:2)

What brings you peace? A few moments of silence? A clean home? A colorful sunset?

What about a peace that persists even in the midst of a chaotic, noisy, disrupted day? A peace that is founded on an interior calm and not external circumstances? That’s the kind of peace that today’s first reading is pointing to—the peace that comes from a clear conscience.

Think of the sinful woman, whose story is told in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 7:36-50). Moved by Jesus’ words of mercy and forgiveness, she offers him an extravagant gesture of love: she anoints his feet, bathes them in her tears, and wipes them with her hair. Jesus is moved by her display and gives voice to what she has already experienced: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (7:50). Freed from guilt over her sins, she can now move forward in her life, at peace with herself and with the Lord.

This woman’s story is our story. So is the story of the prodigal son and Zacchaeus and so many others. The Gospels are filled with stories of men and women who had a personal encounter with Jesus, experienced his merciful touch, and went away filled with peace. They tell us that the same experience is available to us: Jesus can become our own king of peace!

Where can we find this peace? In the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In this very personal, very private sacrament, we encounter Jesus in the person of the priest. We seek forgiveness, and we hear the comforting, inspiring words: I absolve you of all your sins… . May God grant you pardon and peace.” In that moment, we become the sinful woman, the prodigal son, the unjust tax collector, and every other person who met Jesus and felt his love. In that moment, we receive the peace we long for.

The next time you have an opportunity for Confession, take advantage of it. Know that in some mysterious way, you will be meeting Jesus—the Savior who came not to condemn you but to redeem you. Come to him, and let him fill you with his peace.

“Jesus, thank you for the gift of peace that flows from your merciful touch!”~WAU



About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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