31 August 2011
Today’s Readings: Col 1: 1-8 / Lk. 4: 38-44
Jesus wants his mission to be universal but he never dismisses the importance of the individual. He treats each one in a personal and unique way. He starts by giving special attention to Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. Other events in the life of Jesus confirm the great value that Jesus place on persons as individuals.
In today’s Gospel Jesus talks about God’s ways with sinners. He exclaims : There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance (Lk 15:7).
Working amid the crowds gathered around him, Jesus hears the pleas of the blind beggar who repeatedly calls on him despite the people’s effort to silence him.
Amid our numerous engagements in the parish, in the office and civic organizations, we are challenged to spend quality time and moments with our family members and those who need our time and attention.
Loving Father, help us to persevere in waiting for you- who is our help and our shield. In you our hearts rejoice as we put our trust in you.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.