Matthew 12: 14-21
The Pharisees went out and took counsel
against Jesus to put him to death. When Jesus realized
this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him,
and he cured them all, but he warned them not
to make him known. This was to fulfill what had
been spoken through Isaiah the prophet: "Behold, my servant whom
I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I
shall place my spirit upon him, and he will proclaim
justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry
out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick
he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope."
Introductory Prayer: God our Father, you gave us
your Son to make us your children. I believe, and
I am hoping to be raised to full maturity in
him through the school of the Gospel. Thank you for
your unconditional love. I offer you my love in return,
knowing you welcome it as a parent does a small
Petition: Jesus, make my heart
more like yours, attentive to the needs of others.
1. He Withdrew: There is a great lesson for us
here: It is not yet his "hour," so Jesus does
not force the issue. Jesus was not one to shrink
from a challenge. On several occasions he had already stood
up to the same Pharisees who now wanted to put
him to death. Yet Jesus knows that on this occasion
he cannot engage with them; their hearts are closed and
they are unwilling to listen. At times we may find
ourselves in a disagreement (perhaps even with a loved one).
Once the emotions are roused and it becomes clear that
one or both parties are not ready for the truth,
the prudent, loving and humble thing to do is withdraw
from the situation until all are more open to listen.
2. The Master Physician: Matthew´s comment
in this section of the Gospel is quite revealing: "Many
people followed him, and he cured them all." We must
not imagine that all of the healings were physical. So
"meek and humble" is Jesus that every person felt he
could approach him. If a bruised reed comes to Jesus
– a person battered by life, trials and his own
sin – his first and only inclination is to heal
that soul. Even to this very day Jesus continually takes
what is broken and makes it whole. He is the
master physician who binds up wounds so that the person
may be healed. In light of this attitude we recognize
the contrast between the Pharisees, who seek to kill, and
Jesus, who continues to give life to all who come
3. A Glimmer of
Faith: All Jesus needs is a small slightest spark of
faith to reignite and change a person´s life. He will
never force a person to love him or to trust
him, for he respects the freedom he entrusted to us.
Nonetheless, our Lord does give the human person a searching
mind and heart. That is why we can say that
the human person is religious by nature from the beginning.
Atheists are not born; they are made by their choices.
Within the human soul God already provides us with the
kindling for faith, hope and love. Once we are baptized,
that kindling is lit and can become a blazing fire.
Carelessly exposed to the winds and waves of unbridled selfishness,
secularism, skepticism and systematic doubt the flame can be extinguished.
However, Jesus waits patiently, looking for the small glimmer of
faith which will allow the fire to blaze up anew.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus,
you see and know what I am to become if
I will keep close to you in faith, hope and
love. Deepen within me the desire to remain united to
you in prayer so as to imitate you in love.
Help me become with you what I can never become
without you. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for
Resolution: Today I will
contact someone who needs to be encouraged and listened to.