Wednesday 4 September 2019

About Today Readings

Col 1:1-8. Psalm 51(52):10-11. Lk 4:38-44
I trust in the kindness of God for ever – Psalm 51(52):10-11
‘I must proclaim the Good News to other towns too’

The psalmist pleads to God for a new, right spirit and as it is spring, it may be a good time to examine the lacklustre areas of our becoming. The prevailing culture of superficiality can clog the access to human freedom, our better choices.

The ultimate starting point is on the person and life of Jesus. He moved among the people offering a gentle, encouraging touch for all. Simon must have had complete confidence that Jesus would help his mother in law. Her healing gave her the strength to serve.

The truth of the Gospel stories is as relevant today as it was when Jesus moved among every class of person. Speaking from Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis suggested that we don’t need superhuman action, but quite simply just imitate the ways of Jesus in our own little world.

Just living out the Beatitudes can cleanse the world. Any emptiness can change to new possibilities. Any disability turns to an unimagined ability. Any alienation turns to a new sense of self-worth.

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