In today’s reading, the Gospel tells us how a large number of people who heard about what Jesus was doing came to Him to listen to Him, to see what He was doing, and to be healed.
Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. — Mark 3:8
Today, as it was in the past, people need Jesus. And people are probably desperate for Jesus today more than ever.
With social media, technology, a tsunami of secularization, the world becoming more and more materialistic, and people relying solely on their own abilities instead of trusting and relying on God, many people are falling into despair and hopelessness.
We begin to think of our self-worth as tied to our material wealth, our fame, following, or influence, and our abilities or achievements. In a world we can never ever satisfy, we also see ourselves as never being good enough.
When Jesus came, He not only taught, cured, healed, and casted out demons. Most of all, He loved. He also reintroduced God to us as a Father who loves us. And because of His love, we are already enough.
Today, people need others who will be Jesus to them. They need other people who will love them and let them know that the Father loves them. They need people who will let them know that they are already enough because of God’s love. They need people who will encourage them and give them the hope that God Himself gives. They need people who are willing to do what Jesus did, even dying for them.
People are hungry and desperate for Jesus.
Can we be Jesus to others through our faith, our words, and our deeds?
P.S. During the time of Jesus, what people heard was “what Jesus was doing.” Not just what He was saying. It is important for us to live our faith if we are to truly follow Jesus.
P.P.S. Please pray for me that I may continue writing with a humble heart and purity of intention — to love God and to love my brothers and sisters from His family, the Church. Sometimes, pride sets in and I do it for personal gain and recognition.