Daily Reflection of Creighton University's Online Ministries -----January 31st, 2012
by Tom Purcell
2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30-19:3
Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
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.:
27She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.
28* She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
29Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
30Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?"
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.
16 Joab then sounded the horn, and the soldiers turned back from the pursuit of the Israelites, because Joab called them to halt.
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.