Reflection by Cathy G. Knipper
Today's Gospel: Mark 12:35-37
Today’s Gospel reading is crystal clear — practically self-explanatory. Not really, at least not for me. I am not a theologian. I chose this reading and date randomly. It is the feast of St. Boniface, and I like his story. June 5 holds no real significance for me. In my quest to write a reflection, I read and re-read this passage — it remained as clear as mud. I prayed to the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight. I decided to consult all the footnotes in every Bible in my home.
As I pulled out the family Bible, a piece of paper fell into my lap, and it all became clear. The Holy Spirit never fails. This paper, a photocopy in my maternal grandfather’s handwriting, was a brief history of his life and family tree. I read my family genealogy with delight — much like the crowd heard Jesus’ words.
“I am the descendant of these people who lived so long ago,” I thought. “These are my people.” Then I thought, “I am also a child of God made in his image and likeness.”
Jesus was both divine and human. We share in His earthly struggles, and joys. We also share in His divinity because we are made in the image and likeness of God. Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies of the Messiah, including the one that said He would descend from the line of David because our God is a God who keeps His promises. He is also divine because our God so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son to save us from our sins. We should continue to receive His message as did the crowd — with great delight.
By the way, June 5, that date of little significance? It just so happens to be my grandparent’s wedding anniversary!
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Am I receiving Jesus’ teachings with delight?
Lord, thank you for my earthly family. May I always receive Your Word and Your teaching with great delight!
Copyright 2020 Cathy G. Knipper
Cathy G. Knipper is a Catholic wife and mother to three adult children and two sons-in-law who came to her fully-grown. She is a farmer’s daughter, and former journalist turned freelance book publicist. She writes for various online and print publications. She blogs at AWordInProgress.com.