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Setpermber 4, 2019

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, September 4 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/090419.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Colossians 1:1-8
Responsorial:  Psalm 52: 10, 11
Gospel:  Luke 4:38-44

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“ . . .  He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.  Luke 4:40

In Luke’s gospel, we find Luke calling upon the Christian disciple to identify with the Master Jesus, who is very caring, loving, and tender toward the poor, lowly, outcast, sinner, and afflicted.   This gospel writer is extremely concerned with the mercy and compassion of Jesus.

 My wife’s sister, Lucy, had cerebral palsy and for all 31 years of her life was confined to a wheelchair.  To my knowledge, she never complained and strived to learn and to walk.  My wife, Dorothy, was her bosom buddy; the two of them were inseparable.  God’s healing grace was with Lucy.  Cedar Top Baptist Church in Wilmore, Kentucky was Lucy’s church home.  

Dorothy would wheel her to church and start to pull Lucy and her wheelchair up the four steps into the church.  As soon as the congregation heard the wheelchair, all stopped and Lucy was brought into the church as though on angel’s wings.  It is wonderful to have observed such a devotion and sincere love of Jesus.  We know many people who suffer much and remain with an inner peace that radiates God’s love.  We can learn from these saints among us. 

At sunset Jesus began to heal people and apparently did so through the night.  Many of us are in a dark place and in need of healing.  How restful must it have been that night with Jesus … watching him lay hands on people and heal countless souls in body and spirit.  You may not be healed physically, but far more importantly, you can be healed spiritually.  Then, like Lucy, you will be carried on angel’s wings.  

Prayerfully,
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander

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