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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Fourth Sunday of the Year – 29th January 2012
Words and Deeds

St. Mark was obviously an action man. The way he writes about what Jesus did gives the impression that Jesus was in a hurry moving fast from one event to the next. Our Gospel reading today begins at verse 21 of the first chapter and already in the preceding 20 verses he recounts many deeds, the appearance of John the Baptist, the Baptism of Jesus, His temptation in the desert, the arrest of John the Baptist and the calling of the first disciples. All this in just 20 verses!
And today that sense of urgent action continues, as we read in Gospel, “as soon as the Sabbath came he went to the synagogue” and “his reputation rapidly spread everywhere.”

St. Mark’s emphasis on deeds is in contrast to the first reading and the responsorial psalm which both speak about words.
From the book of Deuteronomy we read Moses’ prophesy about the coming of Jesus: “to him you must listen ….I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him” and our response to that reading is the Responsorial Psalm where we pray “O that today you would listen to his voice!”
Words and deeds are linked together by a modern American saying. If an American says “he talks the talk and walks the walk, they mean that the person in question is believable because they not only speak the truth but they also back up their words with their deeds.

Jesus is the perfect example of someone who “talks the talk and walks the walk.” The people of Capernaum say exactly the same thing but express it differently, they said ‘Here is a teaching that is new and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’

If there is an opportunity in the week ahead for us to speak about our faith in Jesus we should take that opportunity. It will take courage to “talk the talk” but we must not stop there, we must follow it up with the way we act, we must also “walk the walk.” More often it will be our actions (our walk) that invite a question, which is our opportunity to speak about our faith (our talk.).

Deacon Michael

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:30 am