Compassionate Father, may we be so prayerfully united with Christ your Son that through us his healing power may touch the lives of others. May we love with a self-giving love. May our love be generous and constant.
Jesus knew that he was being watched but he did not hesitate to heal the man. The Pharisees were watching and could not commend Jesus for healing this man. They loved their system of rules and regulations more than they loved God. Where are we?
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time –
I hear Jesus reminding us today that if we want to truly follow him we have to make some choices and they’re not always easy to make. The life I live is based on choices and decisions I make along the way and my life then tells the story. Does the way I live encourage others to follow Jesus?
We may smile at the narrow-mindedness of the Pharisees. These super devotees of the law were outraged when the disciples picked grains of wheat to eat as they walked through a field on the Sabbath. They believed that the law was the law. There are always exceptions to the rule. Sometimes we need to show our compassion and evaluate every situation as unique.
Change is difficult for all of us but life is all about change. From my own personal experience, I run into a lot of old wine skins and it has nothing to do with age. The Church is not static, it also changes, and if we are to remain true to Jesus Christ we need to do some soul searching before we begin the New Evangelization.
We are being called each day into a deeper relationship with God. Like Isaiah, Paul and Simon Peter we, too, are aware of our limitations and sinfulness. But renewed with the grace of God we can become the prophets and apostles that God so desperately needs in the world today.
The people who lived in biblical times are no more fortunate than we are. The grass is not greener on the other side of a centuries’ old fence. The word of truth, the gospel, grows and bears fruit in our own day. And God is still giving the growth.
St. Gregory the Great / Luke 4:31-37 –
And as we grow in our faith, may our wisdom, our understanding, our knowledge, in fact all the gifts of the Spirit continue to grow within us. Let there be a good spirit about us! The Spirit of the Lord.
We ask God to send us his spirit, and anoint us with grace so that we may bring joy to others; that we may help others free themselves from fear, cynicism and hatred, that we may restore hope to those in despair and heal those broken in body and spirit. May our humble generosity and grateful kindness proclaim to all God’s presence in our midst.
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Luke 14:1,7-14 –
Jesus reminds the people in the Gospel and us that we are all in need of a sense of humility, concern for others and unselfishness. But it is very difficult to be humble according to this world’s standards and this is where we feel the tension between the attitudes of this world and the beatitudes of Jesus. The gospel supplies us with a different set of rules than those of the world.