Tuesday 19 September 2023

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St Januarius

1 Timothy 3:1-13. I will walk with blameless heart – Psalm 100(101):1-3, 5, 6. Luke 7:11-17.

When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her and said, ‘Don’t cry’

Jesus responded with instinctive compassion to this woman, aware of the immensity of her loss. Following the death of her husband, she had lost her beloved only son. Her heart was broken. As well, with no male relative, she was alone and helpless in a culture that did not provide any support. She may well become homeless and destitute. Jesus did the unimaginable: he brought her son back to life.

The Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre at Kings Cross in Sydney has, since 2001, saved the lives of thousands of men and women. By its 21st anniversary in 2022, there had been a million injections and 11,000 overdoses without a death. In June 2018, another such facility was opened in North Richmond. The Australian centres join 120 worldwide. Through health care and counselling, clients may move to a healthier lifestyle.

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