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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Reflection 2020-09-18 Friday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Psalm 17; Luke 8:1-3
The short passage of the Gospel today shows us as Jesus went through cities and villages proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom, his apostles followed him together with some women who had been cured of demons and infirmities. Luke enumerates them as Mary Magdalene who was healed of seven demons, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward and many others who provided for Jesus and the twelve out of their resources. These women were probably wealthy to provide for such a huge group. Joanna in fact was well connected to Herod’s court. The Gospel then has a universal appeal, for men and women, for the rich and poor. The condition is we follow Jesus.
The Gospel message is simple, as St Paul said in the First Reading: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. Our faith is grounded on this fact. St Paul said if there is no resurrection, then Christ did not rise from the dead. With this, everything we believe falls. St Paul said: if Christ had not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Our redemption from sin then is based on the death and resurrection of Christ. This is why there is always hope when we come to Christ. The Gospel tells us Jesus healed a lot of women who later followed him. Mary Magdalene had seven demons who possessed her, yet, Christ freed her. This is the power of Christ, the power of the resurrection, made available to us.
This is why there is always hope when we call to God. The Psalm today asks God: O Lord, attend to my cry, give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. I call upon you, for you will answer me. This is the confidence we have when we call on the Lord: he will answer. Perhaps not as we expect, but we know he will answer. He hears our prayers and attends to our cries.
What burdens you today? Come to Jesus. He wants to heal you and let you experience the power of his resurrection. There is always hope when we live in Christ. Do not be afraid. Jesus is here, waiting for you to surrender your life to him. He wants to set you free. Call on Jesus. He hears and he will answer.
Lord, let me see the power of your resurrection. Set me free from whatever ails me, burdens me, overwhelms me. I surrender all these to you, because I trust you. I call on you, because you will answer me. And when you answer me in ways I do not expect, Lord, give me wisdom to recognize it and thank you, for when you glory appears, my joy will be full.

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