21 January 2017
There was a tent which comprised two compartments: the first, in which the lamp stand, the table and the presentation loaves were kept, was called the Holy Place; then beyond the second veil, an innermost part which was called the Holy of Holies.
But now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, which is better than the one made by men’s hands because it is not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption for us. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer are sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement and they restore the holiness of their outward lives; how much more effectively the blood of Christ, who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the eternal Spirit, can purify our inner self from dead actions so that we do our service to the living God.
Jesus went home, and once more such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind.
When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind.
“You are out of your mind” is a phrase which is used whenever we suggest to our loved ones and friends a plan which is out of the norm. Indeed, it is quite annoying to hear such a phrase because our friends all laugh at us and do not offer us encouragement and support but turn out to be a naysayer. Christianity calls us to be radical and sometimes our actions are considered to be ‘out of our mind’ because it is so unconventional.
I have discovered that Christianity is about boldness in action and gentleness in encouraging others to consider the belief it offers. We are called to be missionaries of God’s word even in our workplace, homes and places where we go for recreation. The joy of the Gospel should draw us towards sharing with others what we have read. The Gospels challenge us in a way which is radically different and this means that our lives will also have to be led in a different and challenging manner. We must be prepared for the criticism to come our way as this may go against the norm of things.
As we come to the end of another week, let us take time to reflect on what has happened this week. Perhaps we could identify one event in our life where we have managed to share the joy of the Lord in our lives and then find out ways to continue this sharing to another person along the upcoming week. We should then offer up to God our fears and concerns which we have and trust that He will take care of us even if others call us ‘out of our mind’.
(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer – Dear God, we pray for humility to accept our flaws.
Thanksgiving – We give thanks for all Spiritual Directors.