“Jesus entered the synagogue” (Mk.3:1).
Lord Jesus Christ, your gospel today is so simple and so meaningful, making me wonder why would you even bother to enter the synagogue when you are the Lord of Sabbath, the Son of God, our Eternal High Priest in the line of Melchizedek?
How wonderful is that imagery of you always entering the synagogue to remind us of something deeper than praying and obeying your laws and that is the need to enter more the person of God. To enter the synagogue like you Jesus is to enter the Father and be one with Him in His love and mercy.
So sad that too often, we enter only your thoughts and calling, your words and your laws that have all come to replace your very Person within us. We have worshiped things about you but never yourself! No wonder so many of us choose to remain silent than answer your question “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath than to evil, to save life rather than destroy it?” (Mk.3:4) when facing real life situations between what we believe and what we feel as a person.
To enter the synagogue is to first of all enter you, God – and be one with you in your love and mercy. When we fail to enter you God our Father, then we also fail to enter our very selves that we are detached from others and from life itself. To enter God is to enter our hearts and to feel one with others, especially the sick and the suffering. To enter God is to be like you, Jesus, our priest forever in the line of Melchizedek who is full of holiness and peace. Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
*Photo by the author, Jerusalem, April 2017.