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Let Nothing Stop You from Doing This. Reflection on Mark 3:1-6.

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In today’s gospel of Mark 3:1-6, Jesus enters a synagogue as usual. In the synagogue, there was a man who has a withered hand. The Pharisees and the teachers watch sternly at Him to see if He would heal on the Sabbath.

 

Knowing what they are harbouring in their hearts, Jesus asks them if it is good or evil to save life or to kill. They said nothing.

 

Looking angrily at them and despite their evil intention and plan against Him, Jesus brought the man out in the middle and healed the man.

 

Instead of becoming happy that Jesus relieves someone of his pains and sickness, the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians on how to eliminate Jesus.

 

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The Danger Ahead.

 

In this episode, Jesus knows the danger ahead. He knows what the leaders are planning against Him. In Mark 3:1-6, Mark says that they are watching Him closely to see if He would heal or not on the sabbath day.

 

Jesus knows they will eventually plan to kill Him after this. Yet in all these, nothing stopped Jesus from doing good. In life let no one, let nothing stop you from doing good.

 

Do not expect every person to be happy with whatever you do but always focus on doing what is right. There may be some people who because of the fear of the unknown or the fear of an imminent attack may like to join the winning team even if the winning team is not doing well.

 

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In this gospel of Mark 3:1-6, Jesus tells us that it is even better to stand alone protecting lives than joining a winning force that does not mean good for people. Let nothing stop you from doing good even if it means standing alone.

 

 

Not Everyone means Good.

 

When you look at what happened today (In this gospel of Mark 3:1-6), we would observe that the leaders are not interested in what Jesus is teaching or doing.

 

Their interest is not even on how to become like Jesus and also heal the people that come to them. They are not prepared to learn but always ready to fight, attack and destroy.

 

We have these kinds of people around us. We always find them in our homes, families, places of work, among our friends etc. Like these people come around Jesus today, they always come around you but they look for little opportunities to pull you down and make jest of you. Not everyone who comes close means good.

 

These leaders are in the synagogue and would have been happy that a man was delivered from pains through Jesus. These healing today is supposed to be a reason to be joyful, but this was not even their intention.

 

In the same vein, some who come around you also have different intentions. Always be careful with people. Remember this happened in the synagogue.

 

Today also, many come to churches with different intentions. Not all you see in a place of worship are there to worship God. But despite these, let nothing stop you from worshiping God and doing what is good.

 

It is better if we can save than to Kill.

 

In Mark 3:1-6, Jesus reveals and teaches us today is that it is better to save a life than to kill it. Despite the opposition and challenges, let nothing stop you from doing good. The problem with the Jewish leaders is that they see Jesus as a rival when His focus is nothing but to do the will of God.

There are times you work and people begin to envy you for nothing. Some may begin to see you as a rival. This sometimes makes you feel worried and distressed. Beloved, always focus on doing what is right. At last, your good heart will vindicate all you do. It is better to help, save, protect and build than to destroy, kill and allow something to go wrong just because someone will begin to think somehow. At last, it is our good deeds that speak for us on the judgement day and not our silence.

 

May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to do good always. May He always protect you. Amen

 

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66 Comments
  1. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says

    Amen.. In Jesus name

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen

  3. Blessing Chilo says

    In good times and in bad, may we always do good no matter the condition through Christ our Lord Amen.

  4. Mailoushi James says

    Amen

  5. CHARLES EZEJI says

    Amen

  6. Margaretmary Azegbeobor says

    Thank you Jesus for this message. It is just for me. I am going through this kind of challenge at my work place. But this message is a message of hope for me today. I bless the name of the Lord. For He will always protect his own.

  7. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Lord, please strengthen us to always stand firm in You especially when people are persecuting us for doing Your will.

  8. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Lord, please strengthen us always to stand firm in You especially when people are persecuting us for doing Your will. May You always protect us.

  9. Onyema Maryann Anurika says

    Amen 🙏

  10. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  11. Adeline Chidimma says

    God help me never to relent in saying the truth even as I am being attacked in my place of work and association because of it, be with me O Lord. Amen

  12. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen. May God free us from the spirit of jealousy and greed

  13. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    Today’s reflection calls us as followers of Christ to be morally courageous if we must do what God wants. This means, we look beyond what the world may think or say or what actions they may take. It means we should be ready to stand for what is right even if it means standing alone.

    May God continue to strengthen us. Amen.

  14. Agbo Boniface Onjefu says

    Doing good is my aim for God. Thank you Fr.

  15. Ada Ndubuisi says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus

  16. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen

  17. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen, may You grant me the grace to always stand for the truth

  18. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen, thank you fr. More grace.

  19. Adichie Chizoba says

    Always focus on doing good than evil. Thank you father

  20. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Lord please make me Your instrument of peace. Thank you Padré

  21. Anofe Ukamaka Stella says

    O Lord grant me your healing as you heal the Man with the withered hand may your healing power locate me this day and forever. In Jesus name amen.

  22. Christian says

    Amen

  23. Joy Chidiogo Ikeoha says

    Amen.

  24. Nwoye Ngozi says

    Amen

  25. Ani Chinonyelum says

    Well done Padre, may God bless you and strengthen you Amen.

  26. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen

  27. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  28. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says

    Amen

  29. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

  30. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen.goodmorning Padre,
    Oh Lord I need your help.help me in my place of work to always do what is right notwithstanding the evil and some bad character of my fellow staff.i really need you oh Lord
    Remain blessed Father

  31. OJIOGBU JACINTA says

    Father Lord, please give me the grace to always do good…Amen!!!

  32. Precious says

    Amen! Thank you padre

  33. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    My lord and God, may your will, and not that of man, be my guiding principle in all my dealings with my neighbour throughout my life, in Jesus name, amen. Thank you Jesus, and more grace to Fr Sanctus.

  34. Chiamaka says

    May God help us always. Amen

  35. Blessing Anne says

    Amen

  36. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre God bless you 🙏

  37. Amara Beluonwu says

    Amen!!! My dearest Jesus give me the ability to always do good to my neighbors even if I am hurt. Amen!!

  38. UGWOKE OSCAR CHUKWUEMEKA says

    May God give us the grace to always do good to ourselves and to others not minding the negative intentions of people around us. It is definitely better to heal than to kill.

  39. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    AMEN

  40. Maryann obiano says

    Amen,thank you Fr for always inspiring us and may God bless you too abundantly

  41. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen 🙏

  42. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    AMEN! I pray earnestly that the good Lord will give me the Spirit of Discernment; to be able to know when am about to toe the wrong path and retrace my steps. Mother Mary, guide me along the right path tro’ your intercession so I’ll always do good at all cost. Amen! Daalu, Ezigbo Nwanne mmadu; Ukochukwu Ebeebe!

  43. Thres Rock says

    Amen

  44. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen

  45. Marian says

    Amen , God bless you Padre

  46. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr for the wonderful & inspiring msg. May God grant us the grace to do good & always be our brother’s keeper nomatter the circumstance, Amen!

  47. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  48. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen Amen Amen fire

  49. Igwe Lilian says

    Amen

  50. Mbama Christiana says

    Dear Lord, give me the grace to differentiate right from wrong and to always support the oppressed. Amen

  51. Sheila says

    Amen

  52. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen

  53. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

    “It is even better to stand alone protecting lives than joining a winning force that does not mean good for people”……………….. Wonderful line for thought.

    Thank you Father for this reflection. Remain blessed.

  54. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen
    Father I need your grace to do good always in Jesus name amen

  55. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you Father.

  56. Ugwu Obianuju says

    Amen

  57. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen. Thank You Lord!

  58. Angela Madu says

    Amen lt always good to do good

  59. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, heavenly Father please help us always to do what is right and pleasing in your sight 🙏

  60. Kaycee Omeke says

    Amen
    Thank you Fr.

  61. Okwuchi Juliet says

    Amen! May God grant me the Grace to do good always.

  62. Ochuba Ebuka says

    Lord, protect me and my family and friends and the people through whom you bless from frienemies…

    Help us become better human beings
    🙏

  63. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  64. Michael Jones says

    Amen.

  65. Onukwugha Florence says

    Thank you so much Father for this wonderful reflection and encouragement words.I pray for More Grace, More wisdom More Knowledge and More Strength upon you to continue to work in His Vineyard.Oh Lord, Please give me the Grace that nothing willing prevent me from doing good despite all the Challenges of this present time in Jesus Mighty name I pray Amen. Remain Blessed Father…

  66. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    God,I need Your grace to do good to my neighbors always in Jesus mighty name Amen

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