Monday 6th Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Mark 8:11-13 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/021422.cfm
NO MATTER HOW HUNGRY YOU ARE, YOU CAN’T RUSH A GOOD STEAK UNLESS YOU EAT IT RARE.
Sometimes I will walk into the house, and dinner is being prepared. Then, all of a sudden, I couldn’t wait to eat. Those pangs of hunger come out of nowhere. The same is true if I smell a steak on the grill. I imagine we all have that experience. You can’t rush a good steak. Neither can you rush a relationship with Jesus and someone.
The Pharisees are confronting Jesus again. This time they ask Him for a sign to prove He is God. I doubt that they would believe in Jesus even if he flew. A sign is something that we can see and touch. Jesus is waiting for the moment to let Him touch their hearts and see. These fellas just don’t get it. Faith is a relationship, not something we can figure out or prove.
You can’t rush a relationship like you can’t rush a good steak. A young man will be disappointed if he asks his girlfriend to marry him before she is ready. However much he wants to marry her, he must wait for the right moment.
The same is true for someone coming to a deeper faith in the Lord. We can’t rush that relationship. Jesus knows the right moment when their heart will be open to His call. Remember Him telling the disciples that many are called, but few are chosen. We can call them all day and night, but Jesus knows when to make that choice for someone to be His friend and future disciple.
In the meantime, do all you can to be their friend. Give them every reason to follow Jesus by your love and care for them day in and day out. The moment will come, and the taste will last forever. Not everybody likes their steak rare.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC