February 17, 2020

We read in Mark’s gospel today that “Jesus sighed from the depth of his spirit….” How often we can relate to that sigh, which expresses frustration and disappointment. Disappointment at our children or other family members who no longer practice their faith. Or perhaps frustration with a situation at work, in our neighborhood, or our church. The lack of truth and honesty in our public discourse today that makes it difficult to find common solutions to the challenges that face us may also be a source of sighing from deep within.

Jesus stands in his own integrity as he refuses to acquiesce to their demands for a sign. He knows that he has come to bring the Father’s love to the human family. And he will not be deterred by those who seek to get him to compromise. He will eventually give the greatest sign of all—his own body and blood poured out for us on Calvary and in the Eucharist.

James assures us that if we ask God for wisdom, it will be granted generously. This wisdom enables us to stand in our integrity when faced with trials and difficulties that tempt us to compromise our values rather than trusting in the wisdom of God’s ways. Saint Peter Julian counsels us “continue to place your trust in God, surrender yourself entirely to his divine goodness which has never failed you…. “(Counsels, 1657)

In baptism, we were given a worth and a dignity no one can take from us. Each time we come together for Eucharist, we affirm and deepen that worth as individuals and as a community. In doing so, we become a sign to others of the love that God has for all.

What causes me to sigh today? How can the wisdom of God transform my attitudes and actions?

Let us pray:

Come, Spirit of wisdom, inform and transform our hearts that we might become a sign of God’s love to our world. Amen


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Mary Muehle

Mary is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament, parishioner of Saint Paschal Baylon Church and a former chaplain at Grace Hospice in Cleveland, Ohio.