Saturday, January 26, 2008
Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops
And they come to a house, and the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends had heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him. For they said: He is become mad.
Mark 3:20-21 (Douay-Rheims Bible)
Dear Father your son went beyond himself to take care of the needs of those who came in search of him. They loved him so much that they followed him to the home he went to rest at. But those who were there could not eat in peace and thought Jesus mad because he still tended to those in need. He gives us quite an example that even though we have a set time to sit down and dine, there are times that ministering to others is more important than ourselves and our needs. He shows us how not to be selfish when others seek us out as they did him. Even to the point when our meals are interrupted or our routine. They thought him mad all because he cared enough to take care of those present and be with them. He didn't tell them to leave and come back after they've eaten, he listened to them and talked to them. He gave them love and his undivided attention. Dear Father how often do we do this ourselves when people come seeking us out at inopportune times, or interrupt us when we are eating. Do we stop and listen, or do we tell them to come back at a more convenient time. Where is the love then for neighbor. Dear Father help us to set the example that when we are interrupted and sought out by others while we eat, to be patient and giving of our time as Jesus did, even if it means going without eating for the sake of another. Amen