Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time


Can you imagine Jesus standing before your bed and you continue sleeping? It is absurd that you would remain in bed in his presence. Where is Jesus? He is already here offering himself to us. “In the middle,” he says, “among you he stands, whom you do not recognize.” “The kingdom of God is in your midst.” Faith beholds Jesus among us.1


Human beings had been afraid of death because they are held in slavery. The slavery of death means to be a subject of sin. “The sting of death is sin.” Now, by his death Christ destroyed “the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,” the inventor and the leader of sin. Sin became a disease. However, as we have been released from the oppression of that slavery, so we have been also delivered from the fear of death. And that is evident from the following illustrations. Before we feared and tried to avoid death as the supreme and invincible evil, but now we perceive it as prelude transition into the superior life and accept it joyously from those who persecute us for the sake of Christ and his commandments.2


  1. TRACTATE ON MARK’S GOSPEL 2.  Oden, T. C., & Hall, C. A. (Eds.). (1998). Mark (Revised) (p. 23). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  2. FRAGMENTS ON THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS 2.  Heen, E. M., & Krey, P. D. W. (Eds.). (2005). Hebrews (p. 47). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
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