September Fifth of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
“What have You to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?”
Fr. John F. Meyers, Rector Pro-Tem Malvern Retreat House (email@example.com)
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Gospel: Lk 4:31-37
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the Sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue, there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.
The Gospel of the Lord
Reflect: Secular culture these days has declared Jesus of Nazareth and most of His teaching as being irrelevant to “real life.” Even among those of us who claim to be Christian may in fact keep parts of our life “free” from Christ. There is a very famous painting of Christ knocking on a door with no handle, a symbol for the human heart that can only open from the inside. Probably you have already opened the door and invited Him in, but on what basis? As a welcome guest? As a repairman, or as Lord and Master of the house?
Questions: We may pray about our finances when we are short, but what about when we have an abundance? We may call on Him when we are lost or in danger, but what about when we are planning our vacation or other leisure activities? When loneliness comes or our hearts are broken, we may indeed turn to Him in prayer, but how about seeking His direction for how we live and love the rest of the time?
Pray: O God, You have sent Your Son into the world not to destroy our free will but to enlighten our minds to know truth in its fullness and to invigorate our hearts with a passionate desire for what is genuinely good. Grant me the grace to surrender all contrary desires and convictions through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Saint Francis of Assisi: Pray for us!
My God and my all.
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