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Daily Reflection of Creighton University's Online Ministries -----January 31st, 2012

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/013112.html

by Tom Purcell

2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30-19:3

Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

Mark 5:21-43

 

My reflection today on these readings focuses on the line from Mark "Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him. . ."  This idea of power - held, shared, used - applies in so many parts of our lives.  Here is an example of Jesus allowing His power to be accessed and used.:

 

27She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.

28* She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”

29Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

30Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?"

 

It is interesting in the reading from Samuel that Joab is one of the main characters - he was one of David's most powerful warriors and most trusted confidants - truly a man of power.

 

16 Joab then sounded the horn, and the soldiers turned back from the pursuit of the Israelites, because Joab called them to halt.

 

Where do we obtain our personal power?  As we grow and develop our innate talents, as we nurture strengths, as we overcome weaknesses, we build power.  We may be fortunate by birth to be in a position of power.  We may obtain power by advancement in our jobs and professions, by our work within organizations, by our sharing of our talents.  We build power by the integrity with which we lead our lives, by the honesty we manifest when we interact with people, by the trust that we create in the people around us as we treat them with dignity and respect.  I don't think we normally have a light bulb moment that we suddenly know we have power, but I think as we reflect on our lives and capacities we grow into a realization that we have the ability to shape events and have an impact on people.

Catholics are being called to action in three different ways at this time.

New Evangelization

United States Religious Freedom

Marriage Amendment

New Evangelization: According to the pope, "The expression New Evangelization was popularized in the encyclical of Pope Paul VI Evangelization in the Modern World, as a response to the new challenges-that the contemporary world creates for the mission of the Church."1 Pope John Paul II sees the need for a "great relaunching" of evangelization in the present life of the Church in a variety of ways.2 In Mission of The Redeemer (Redemptoris Missio ), John Paul II presents a new synthesis of the Church's teaching about evangelization in modern times. Click here for the entire article. Click here for additional information from our bishops.

Religious Freedom: Bishops Vow to Fight Coercive HHS Mandate

Click here for a video message from Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan

ACTION ALERT

 

Click HERE to Write to Congress TODAY

 

Never before has federal law forced citizens to purchase what violates their deeply held beliefs and ethical convictions. But now the Administration is forcing us to act as if pregnancy were a disease to be prevented at all costs. For many Americans that means choosing between violating our consciences and forgoing health care -- literally an unconscionable dilemma.

 

Our country's longstanding laws protecting conscience rights must now apply fully to the implementation of health care reform. For that we need more than rule-making, we need a law.

 

The bishops are urging Congress to support the "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act" in light of the new HHS rule and the "unprecedented threat to religious freedom" it poses.

 

Please CLICK HERE to join your voice with theirs and with the many organizations -- Catholic and non-Catholic -- who are fighting for religious liberty and conscience rights.

Marriage Amendment:

The Catholic bishops of Minnesota, through the Minnesota Catholic Conference, support the adoption of a state constitutional amendment that preserves current state law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

 

The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment, which will appear on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot, states:

 

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?

 

Minnesotans can vote "Yes" or "No." Leaving the box blank counts as a "No" vote.

 

In defending marriage and sharing their perspective with the public about its importance for all of society, Minnesota's Catholic bishops are united with their fellow bishops around the country who have or are currently engaged in similar efforts. Click here for more information.

 

MN CATHOLIC ADVOCACY NETWORK (MNCAN)

 

Getting Involved

 

Visit MNCAN to read current Action Alerts and to contact your elected officials.

 

By casting informed votes, monitoring legislative action and communicating with your elected officials, you can fulfill your call to faithful citizenship.