Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? (Mark 1:24)
Lord Jesus, in the Good Shepherd discourse of the Gospel of John, You tell us, "A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." The unclean spirit within the man in the synagogue does not trust Your love for him or the man he has possessed. In love You silenced the unclean spirit and gave life to the man.
You are not a thief of our love or our lives; so, why do I resist that what You have to do with me is so that I might have life, and in Your love, have it more abundantly? I, too, know Who You are. Let me accept what You offer me.