(How does today’s Gospel speak to me during this lockdown? Allow me to share a humble reflection.)
Jesus began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? (Mark 6:2)
The people of Jesus’s village were amazed at the power of his teaching and by his ability to cast out demons and heal the sick. We are luckier than them, for we know whence came this power. Indeed, we know the rest of the story: his passion, his resurrection and his exaltation. ‘Where did he get that from?” From his Father, whose power is love.
And where could I draw the strength to live this confinement with calm and confidence if not from the same source? With Jesus, I can find in God the ability to speak wisely and act lovingly for others. For, through baptism, Jesus makes me participate in his own relationship with the Father, in the Holy Spirit.
Abba, Father, Jesus did not seek first to astonish, but to heal, to console and to free. He wanted nothing more than to reveal your love for humanity. Help me to live as a true brother, a true sister of your Son. By seeking–with him—the good of others, by welcoming—like him—your Spirit of strength, I will be able—in him–to experience and share joy and peace, even in the heart of this lockdown.