Wednesday 6 September 2023

About Today Readings

Colossians 1:1-8. I trust in the kindness of God for ever – Psalm 51(52):10-11. Luke 4:38-44.

Let us become agents of healing

Shabbat, or Sabbath, means to rest. After teaching in the Capernaum synagogue where he had publicly cast out a demon, Jesus went to the home of his disciple Simon. Simon was married and his wife’s mother was sick. Knowing he was defying social and religious norms for the Sabbath, Jesus healed her. It’s the first instance in the Gospels when Jesus heals on the Sabbath. Many others needed healing, but waited expectantly in their homes with their sick until sundown when Shabbat ended. The night became a frenzy of healing and exorcisms.

Was Jesus overwhelmed? Perhaps. He headed off alone the next morning. There we see Jesus’ compassion, defying norms to bring healing and restoration, but also the delicate balance between service and self-care. Jesus sought solitude for strength and communion with God. Let us become agents of healing, defying norms to show compassion. In our service, may we remember the value of solitude, finding renewal and strength in communion with God on our path of love and service.


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