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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Hebrews 2:14-18
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
Mark 1:29-39

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lord of our darkness

"As evening drew on, they brought Him all who were ill, and those possessed by demons." —Mark 1:32

In today's Gospel, Jesus heals in the evening, in the midst of the darkness (Mk 1:32-34). Jesus entered the darkness to drive the demons out of the darkness. "A people living in darkness has seen a great light. On those who inhabit a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen" (Mt 4:16).

In today's first reading, Jesus enters the darkness of our fallen human state (Heb 2:14ff). He became one of us. The Almighty God, Whom the universe could not contain (1 Kgs 8:27), became "like His brothers in every way, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest before God on their behalf, to expiate the sins of the people. Since He was Himself tested through what He suffered, He is able to help those who are tempted" (Heb 2:17-18).

Jesus took on our human condition. He bears our afflictions and infirmities (Mt 8:17; Is 53:4). He takes the initiative to come to us not in our strength and beauty, but in our weakness and darkness. Have you ever felt unworthy of God's love? You are not unworthy to Jesus. He came to seek and save the lost (Lk 19:10). He is the Lamb of God, gentle, innocent, and pure, yet He comes to take away the sins of the world, including yours (Jn 1:29).

Jesus stands and knocks at the door of your darkness (Rv 3:20). "Open wide your hearts!" (2 Cor 6:13) Let the Lord enter.

Prayer:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, nothing can separate me from Your love, not even the darkness (Rm 8:35-39). Come into my heart right now.

Promise:  "Jesus likewise had a full share in [our humanity], that by His death He might rob the devil, the prince of death, of his power." —Heb 2:14

Praise:  Jesus delivered David from addiction, thereby changing David's life and the lives of many others.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 16, 2018

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