12 January, Tuesday – Slow Faith

Tuesday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time

Heb 2:5-12
Mk 1:21-28

“I know who You are: the Holy One of God!”

I have seen many videos and posts on social media, where the creators try hard to get as many people as possible to ‘like’ their posts. Once successful, these creators do get famous, often getting adulation from their fans and receiving substantial financial rewards.

Jesus could have chosen to build His ministry via a ‘social media’ route as well. Rather than silencing the unclean spirits, Jesus could have allowed them to publicise who He actually was. Imagine how easy it would have been for Him; even more people would have flocked to and followed Him.

We have two children, a nineteen-year-old girl and a fourteen-year-old boy. Because of his height, build and mature appearance, I often forget that he is, after all, only fourteen (his looks often fool people into thinking he is about eighteen). Despite his physical attributes, both my wife and I have learned that he needs to continue to be allowed to makes mistakes, and to grow emotionally and spiritually from these. When he does reach eighteen, I would be able to interact with him being an eighteen-year-old. This process simply cannot be hurried along.

It is for this reason that perhaps Jesus did not take the instant route in His mission. He had to allow us to exercise our spiritual muscles and for us to grow to a point when we are ready for Him, and for God’s message.

Let us pray that we will continue to maintain a close relationship with our Lord, and to develop even more intimacy with Him!

(Today’s Oxygen by Paul Wee)

Prayer: We pray that we may always have a desire to seek You Father; to continue to grow in our faith and love for You.

Thanksgiving: We are grateful, Jesus, for Your wisdom. For allowing us to grow and be ready for Your teachings.

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