September 6, 2017

Sept. 6

September 6, 2017:  Wednesday, 22nd week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Grace and peace to you...  (1st reading)
  • 'Fruit' pin:  The Gospel is bearing fruit in the world...  (1st reading)
  • 'Tree' pin:  I trust in God's mercy like an olive tree (psalm)
  • 'Hands' pin, 'doctor's office' tie:  Jesus laid his hands on and cured the sick (gospel)
  • 'People' pin:  The crowds found Jesus (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

      For 1st reading
      For the gospel

      • Col 1:1-8  Grace and peace to you from our Father.  We thank God when we pray for you, for we've heard of your faith and love.  Through the gospel you've heard of the hope reserved for you in heaven; it's bearing fruit and growing among you as in the whole world....
      • Ps 52:10, 11  "I trust in the mercy of God for ever," will thank you for what you've done, and will proclaim your goodness.
      • Lk 4:38-44  Simon's family interceded with Jesus about Simon's mother-in-law, afflicted with a severe fever.  He rebuked the fever, it left her, and she got up and waited on them.  People brought sick people to him, and he cured them all.  Jesus left, but the crowds found him and tried to keep him from going.  “I've been sent to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to the other towns too.”
      • Creighton:  "I trust in the mercy of God for ever."  Where have you experienced Jesus' healing presence?  Where did you find strength?  Mercy?  Reflect with gratitude....
        Christ Healing the Mother of Simon Peter’s Wife/ Bridges
      • One Bread, One Body:  "Hope-chest":  Hope helps us go on in times of trial; it gives us courage to face death for the sake of the gospel?  Hope gives us joy even in adversity.  Lasting hope must be given by God; it's not humanly possible.  Praise God who gave us a new birth unto hope that draws its life from the resurrection.  May he enlighten you so that you may know the hope he's called you to.  This hope will not leave us disappointed because God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Spirit.  May God, Source of hope, fill you with joy and peace in believing so that through the Spirit's power you may have abundant hope.
      • Passionist:  "Why believe?"  Jesus is the center of our faith because of who he is, not simply because of his miraculous powers or persuasive words.  Jesus cured Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, but doubtless there were many others he didn't come in contact with and cure.  Jesus worked miracles out of compassion, but he was more concerned with drawing people to himself.  The response of faith is more important than a cure; our future depends on it.  Don't just accept Jesus when he pleases our needs; he's the Christ, the Word Made Flesh, Son of God.  Believe in and follow him unreservedly.  Like Paul, we give thanks to God for the gift of faith, and love that flows from that faith.  May hope and healing abound in our needy world....
      •  "He laid his hands on everyone and healed them":  When Peter brought Jesus to his home for the Sabbath meal, Jesus heard Peter's prayer and healed his mother-in-law.  Jesus' healings demonstrated his power and authority, the "good news."  Jesus put human need ahead of all else, showed compassion and concern for all in need, gave people God's word, and healed them.  Do I allow Jesus to be Lord and Healer in my life, family, and community?  He's ready to restore us to health and to active service and care of others.
      Pope Francis Amoris Lætitia capsule:  Being brothers and sisters
      Brother-sister relationships deepen with time, and the bond that forms, when in an atmosphere of openness to others, teaches freedom and peace.  The family introduces fraternity into the world; in the family we learn to live as one, then radiate fraternity on society.

      Growing up with brothers and sisters is a beautiful experience of caring for and helping one another.  Fraternity is especially radiant when we see the care, patience, and affection around a frail, sick, or disabled brother or sister.  Having a brother or sister who loves you is profound, precious, and unique.  Children need to be taught to treat each other as brothers and sisters.  In a family with a single child, ways must be found to ensure he or she doesn't grow up alone or isolated.  (V:194-95)

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