When Being Near Is Not Enough

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Photo I have taken at the Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan of a unique rock formation depicting intimacy. (29 January 2019)
The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul
Tuesday, 05 February 2019, Week IV, Year I
Hebrews 12:1-4///Mark 5:21-43

            Everyday O Jesus I pray to be near you like Jairus falling at your feet, begging for something or someone so dear to me.  Or like that woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years, hoping to be close to you, contented in just touching your cloak (Mk.5:22, 27).

            But being near you O Jesus is not enough for you.  You desire us to be intimate with you, to be one in you not simply be with you.

            Every time I touch you, I get near you, you always look for me, asking me to step forward like what you did to that woman because you want more than a mere encounter but a relationship, face to face, heart to heart.  Every time I beg you to walk with me in darkness and dangers, you always demand complete faith and trust in you like Jairus when things get worst, insisting that I dismiss what I know, disregard my plans, and ignore what others say so I can rise up and be alive and free to be myself.

 

           O Jesus, help me to trust you more, to believe you more.  How foolish I am, O Jesus, when so often you ask simple things from me like looking at you, staying with you, remaining in you to always remember that “in my struggle against sin I have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood” (Heb. 12:4) like you.  Amen.  Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan. 

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