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September 17, 2019

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/091719.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
Responsorial: Psalm 101:1b-3, 5-6
Gospel: Luke 7:11-17

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her …     Luke 7:13

In today’s gospel, as Jesus and his disciples approach the city of Nain they encounter a dead man being carried out, the only son of a widowed mother. In the time of Jesus, widows were dependent on their sons for support so this son’s death threatened his mother’s very survival.  The gospel tells us that Jesus was “moved with pity” for the woman. The widow’s tears matter deeply to Jesus.  He restores the dead man to life and gives him back to his mother.

Jesus’ compassion is so evident throughout the gospels. Jesus noticed those who were suffering. Then He reached out to them with His power to heal. If I truly want to follow Jesus, this gospel challenges me to emulate Him in both of these ways.

Noticing the suffering of others is easy to understand but hard to do. Sometimes I am blind to others’ needs because I am preoccupied with my own struggles or because there are too many other things competing for my attention. Sometimes my blindness is intentional. I turn away from something or someone I would rather not see because it would call for a response from me or because I have no idea how to respond.

Reaching out with compassion is even harder to understand and to do. How can my imperfect efforts be  “enough” for God to use as instruments of His compassion to those who need it? Speaking at a recent conference in Indianapolis, Fr. Ron Rolheiser offered illuminating and encouraging insights based on the traditional understanding that we are the Body of Christ in today’s world. A sampling:

Your touch is God’s touch. Since you are part of the Body of Christ, when you touch someone Christ is touching them. When you love them Christ is loving them.

As the Body of Christ on earth, we can continue to do all the things that Jesus did and, as Jesus himself assures us in John’s gospel (14:12), we can even do greater things.

To be touched, loved, and forgiven by a member of the body of believers is to be touched, loved, and forgiven by Christ.


How stunning and humbling to realize that God entrusts us with the privilege of delivering his compassionate healing to those who cross our paths each day!

Lord, open our eyes and hearts and make us worthy stewards of your compassion, healing and love.

Wishing you God’s blessings,
Jean Galanti

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