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When people think about giving to a charitable institution like the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, cash seems like the easiest way to give. Simply write a check, and your generosity helps address our most immediate needs. But, what about the long-term needs of those we serve? What about them?

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The Source of His Power

prayer feb2018Jesus, Son of God and Savior of mankind, was a great teacher, commanding respect and recognized as a voice of authority. He often spoke inside Galilean synagogues, just as he often preached to crowds of people everywhere he traveled. In the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, the writer records Jesus teaching in the Capernaum synagogue on the Sabbath. In the course of that service, the Lord cast out “an unclean spirit”—in the middle of the service, on the floor of the synagogue. It’s no wonder then, as Jesus and his followers headed to Simon Peter’s house after sunset, a great crowd of people gathered around him. The multitudes followed Jesus everywhere. That’s certain. Equally sure was his commitment to prayer, time for solace and solitary reflection. He spent time with the people. He also took time with his Heavenly Father. 

“On leaving the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them. When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, ‘Everyone is looking for you.’ He told them, ‘Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.’ So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee” (Mark 1:29-39).

“The whole town gathered at the door.” Are we surprised? Jesus “taught them as one having authority” (Mark 1:22b). In addition, “Jesus cured many who were sick, and he drove out many demons.” As Peter reminded the people years later, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses of all that he did” (Acts 10:38-39a).

Jesus came to preach, to teach, to drive out evil spirits, to heal the sick, and to become the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life to save ours. Focused on others, he invested constantly in the apostles, engaged frequently with Pharisees and other religious leaders, and served the hurting at every turn. Repeatedly, however, he took time for prayer. For solitude. For reflection. To rest in the Father’s presence and to pray. If that was the Lord’s pattern and habit, how could we hope to serve him fully with any less than a deeply serious commitment to prayer. 

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