Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Maria Goretti, 1890-+1902— Virgin and Martyr, Patron Saint of Inmates, Victims of Rape, Purity, Youth and Forgiveness
Book of Genesis 32:23-33, Psalm 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8, 15, & Matthew 9:32-38
The lesson in today's Gospel narrative is the steadfastness of Jesus. He is committed to His call to be an active example of service to others. In many instances, through His public ministry of healing the sick, we can feel His compassion for those in anguish. When they are suffering, He is suffering as well.
Unfortunately, we don't know what Jesus did between the accounts in the Gospel, which tells only part of His life. I believe that during those times, He must have done some preparation for His ministry. When we see our Lord as witnessed in the Holy Gospel, he responds to His Father's call. We know that our Lord often prayed, both publicly and privately, and it is most instructive to us. Through prayer, He seeks advice and comfort from the Father; however, throughout it all, what stands out for me is that He acts and does for the benefit of others.
Throughout our lives, we engage in public worship and private prayer. But do you ever feel like you don't have the time to engage in any service? We all know that there are others in need of our help. However, we don't always take the actions necessary to be a source of support. How often do we make excuses for not making time to act as faithful disciples of Jesus?
Where should we act, and who can we heal? After all, we don't have Jesus' power to heal. At this point, I reflect on the story of my mom, who, if a perfect stranger held a door open for her, would get their name, address, and birthday so she could send Christmas and Birthday cards to them for the rest of their lives. A little far-fetched, but she did teach my brother and me that acts of kindness should be appreciated and not ignored. When we do something nice, regardless of how simple it is, doesn't it heal them and us just a little bit?
Friends, it isn't just good manners. Yes, it is, but to see God in each person we encounter, don't we have to start seeing them first? How can we see them if we don't take the time to engage with others in simple acts of kindness, including good manners and respect?
Question of the Day: How will you become aware of all the healing possibilities in your life to follow the example of Jesus?
Prayer: I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me. Alleluia, alleluia.