On Purpose!

"I didn't do it on purpose!"  There were lots of times when our young children would quickly explain their role in how something "got" broken.  They wanted us to know their intent wasn't to break something.  In this Gospel we clearly see Jesus' intent and purpose.  

On leaving the synagogue Jesus 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

As word spreads of Jesus' healing miracle, He is mobbed.  The whole town showed up!  Imagine Jesus finishing dinner and instead of relaxing, He heals many who were ill and possessed.  Then St. Mark tells of Jesus' next act.  "He left for the nearby village."  Jesus was clear that, it was "on purpose" that He had to travel throughout Galilee.   His message was and is meant to travel.

We must deliver the message of Jesus to "the nearby villages."  On purpose!  When we do our part then Jesus can fix what is broken in our world!