17 Sep Luke 8:1-2 (Infirmities)
Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities. Luke 8:1-2 (full readings)
Steve’s Thoughts: I was struck by the significance of Luke taking the time to point out the “infirmities” (weakness) of the women following Jesus. Hurting sinners followed Jesus from the beginning. We all follow Christ with some ailment or “infirmity” in tow. Many feel they aren’t worthy to go to Church, or they’ve sinned too much. Jesus came for sinners, and He created a Church for sinners. The Good News, as Paul points out in the first reading, is that “Christ has been raised from the dead!”
Faith Challenge: What are your “infirmities”? How has your faith in Christ brought you hope despite these challenges?
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. Peters family (JP), Rich Reich (cousin Tom cancer, Pastor Pat Coy heart recovery, Uncle Javier’s health), Carolyn McKissack (for Karen, Bailee and Anna Grace), Vicki Kerkvliet (Mom’s radiation treatment), Karen Ryan-Philpott (2 wk old Baby William’s heart issues)
Feast Day: St. Robert Bellarmine. Robert Bellarmine devoted his life to the study of Scripture and Catholic doctrine. His writings help us understand that not only is the content of our faith important, it is Jesus’ living person—as revealed by his life, death and resurrection—that is the source of revelation.
Faith Quote: Lord, let me live from day to day in such a self-forgetful way that even when I kneel to pray, my prayer shall be for others. (Taken from poem OTHERS)
Through Christ our Lord,