My reflection today on these readings focuses on the line from Mark “Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him. . .” This idea of power – held, shared, used – applies in so many parts of our lives. Here is an example of Jesus allowing His power to be accessed and used. It is interesting in the reading from Samuel that Joab is one of the main characters – he was one of David’s most powerful warriors and most trusted confidants – truly a man of power.
Where do we obtain our personal power? As we grow and develop our innate talents, as we nurture strengths, as we overcome weaknesses, we build power. We may be fortunate by birth to be in a position of power. We may obtain power by advancement in our jobs and professions, by our work within organizations, by our sharing of our talents. We build power by the integrity with which we lead our lives, by the honesty we manifest when we interact with people, by the trust that we create in the people around us as we treat them with dignity and respect. I don’t think we normally have a light bulb moment that we suddenly know we have power, but I think as we reflect on our lives and capacities we grow into a realization that we have the ability to shape events and have an impact on people.
Jesus easily shared the power of healing to the hurting woman. He was aware of His power and that it had gone out from Him. How aware are we of our power, and how we are using it? Are we using it to do good? Are we using our power to improve the life of others, or are we seduced by the “dark side” of life that encourages us to act for ourselves?
And so my prayer today is for a greater appreciation of my power, and the gift of generosity so I can surrender it, not hoard it, and thus to be a channel for God’s work in building the kingdom here on earth.
By Tom Purcell