10 Sep Expose Sin (Lk 6:10) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Looking around at them all, he then said to him, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did so and his hand was restored.” ~ Lk 6:10 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the man with the withered hand to display his weakness to him before a crowded synagogue. The man obeys Jesus and his hand is restored. The man was probably deeply embarrassed about his disability, but he found the courage and humility to expose his weakness to the Lord and he was healed. I often find myself discouraged and ashamed to go to confession. This is usually, because I find myself confessing the same sins time and time again. The root of these feelings of shame or discouragement stem from pride. St. Faustina once said, “A soul does not benefit from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery.” Lord, give me the courage and humility to remove my mask and expose my sins to You, that I may be restored. Amen.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Pray for the humility and courage to expose your sins to the Lord so that He may heal you.
Feast Day: St. Thomas of Villanova
Faith Quote: “God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.” ~ Saint Augustine
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.