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Mark 3:7-12

The Word of God

Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, "You are the Son of God!" But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

Mark 3:7-12
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    • St Mark presents here a general picture of the ministry and healings of the Lord. Jesus meets a great multitude of enthusiastic followers on the shore of the sea, people from every part of the Holy Land inhabited by Jews. All Israel gathers to Jesus, the mysterious Son of God, as he establishes the reign of God over his new community. I join them. The deeds of Jesus speak so loudly that ordinary people recognise him as the Son of God. On the other hand, the mounting prejudice of the scribes and Pharisees leads them to reject Jesus.
    • Why does Jesus silence “the unclean spirits”? Mark sees Christ’s ministry as a fight between God and the evil powers. They think they can rob Jesus of his power and defeat him by identifying him as “Son of God.” That may be why he tries to keep the fact of his Messiahship secret.
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    • This move to the lakeside is away from the synagogues where he was meeting the passive resistance of the scribes. Jesus is at his ease in open spaces, near lakeside, hills and sky, unprotected by institutional walls. People converge on him from unexpected places, seeking healing and good news.
    • Lord I come to you seeking to be healed and to hear good news. No place is too far that we cannot come to you.
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    • He ordered them not to make him known./ Since the prevailing idea of the Messiah was nationalistic and warlike, Jesus avoided giving a false and dangerous impression of his mission. Hence what has been called /the Messianic secret./
    • Lord, the unclean spirits recognised you as the Son of God, and so do I. The secret is out.
    • Jesus seems to want to remain as a bit of a ‘mystery man’.  He is afraid that his works will show him just as a miracle worker. He wants us to see behind the miracles to the mystery of God and his life with his Father. Evil was challenged by him and saw him for the son of God that he was. The faith of the disciples would grow slowly and the mystery of his message would take hold gradually.  Bring to prayer the ways faith has grown gradually and sometimes with difficulty in life and be grateful that even in bad times our faith in the mystery of God’s love has grown.
    • Jesus needed a boat for his journey. He needs you and me, all of us today, for his journey in our times. The boat in the gospel is a sign of the self. Make a boat ready today means ‘make yourself ready'. In prayer we are ready to meet with and hear God's call to do God's will. We are all part of the divine plan to love and save the universe.
    • Jesus recognized that there is a time for silence. I ask God to guide me to know when I might speak and when silence is my better witness.
    • People came to Jesus for healing; in his presence the attraction of light and wholeness was evident. As I spend this time with Jesus, I let him quell any spirits in me that are not for my good.