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Saturday, 31 October 2009 20:52

A ll of us are involved, in one way or another, in the healing process of others.  It doesn’t have to be someone with a bad knee.  It could be someone who has lost a loved one, someone in need of encouragement or someone fearful about money.  It could be mental, physical or spiritual healing.  So many chances to be ambassadors for Christ.  So many opportunities to share our gifts.  We may not even know it at the time, but we may be participants in a miracle. 

 

Saturday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time

Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27

Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11


L uke 16:9-15 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations. (10) "He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. (11) If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? (12) And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? (13) No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (14) The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they scoffed at him. (15) But he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

         

 

Meditation by Patrick O'Reilly (Creighton)

 

T oday’s scripture readings seem to be about relationships and money.  Encouraging and convicting (for me) at the same time.  In Romans, Paul details a long list of brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.  They all have different names, come from different places and have different gifts.  And, like Paul, they all want to glorify God and present Jesus to the world.  The psalmist proclaims, “I will praise your name for ever, Lord.”   In the story from Luke, Jesus warns, “No servant can serve two masters.  You cannot serve God and mammon.”

 

Jesus is many things.  Messiah, creator, friend, giver, forgiver, encourager, healer and wise guide.  In today’s readings I see Jesus as healer and guide.

 

I recently had knee surgery.  I’m not quite doing cartwheels yet, but my knee is so much better.  To be honest it is a miracle.  A miracle with many contributors.  Some I met and some I did not.  There was Cass, Gordon, Matt, Emma, Alyssian, Steve, Diane and Marta.  The person in hospital admissions, the one who checked my vital signs, who shaved my knee, who administered anesthesia, the surgeon, a person to take care of me in post-op, someone to show me how to use crutches, my physical therapist, pharmacist and many more. All people with different names and different gifts, but all focused on getting me well.  Kind of like Paul’s list.  I think it’s easy at times to feel we are nobody.  Just a tiny, insignificant cog in the big wheel.  Paul makes it clear that, as members of the body of Christ, we each have a role to play and each role is important.

 

Christ’s words about money are so convicting.  I always seem to fret and worry about money.  And it seems so fruitless.  I worry about money even when, looking back, I cannot think of a day in my life where I have been without food, shelter or clothing.  I remember many years ago when I was laid off from a job.  I thought it was the end of the world.  What would we do?  How would we live?   I was so down I think I started to sing some Negro Spirituals on the drive home.  I was especially fearful of how my wife would react.  When I told Deb, her response was, “we’ll get by.”  Apparently she did not hear me.  I mean, this was the end of life as we knew it.  “No,” she said, “we’ll just have to cut back.”  And, of course, she was right.  I wish my faith and trust in God were as strong as my wife’s.

 

Looking back, I realize that what, at that moment, appeared to be a horrible disaster, turned into a blessing.  I would not have the opportunity to be in this ministry or even writing this reflection had I not lost that job.  God works in mysterious ways.

 

All of us are involved, in one way or another, in the healing process of others.  It doesn’t have to be someone with a bad knee.  It could be someone who has lost a loved one, someone in need of encouragement or someone fearful about money.  It could be mental, physical or spiritual healing.  So many chances to be ambassadors for Christ.  So many opportunities to share our gifts.  We may not even know it at the time, but we may be participants in a miracle.  My prayer today is for all those involved in healing and for the courage to step out in faith as a healer.

  

Supplementary Reading

lISTEN WEll

 

. . . Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice. – John 18:37

 

I’m not the greatest listener on the planet. In fact, I blush with embarrassment whenever a friend would thank me for listening patiently as she pours out her heart and soul. Don’t get me wrong — I do listen for the most part. Sometimes, I “tune out” especially when my mind is preoccupied with my own personal concerns or when I’ve heard the same problem replayed for the nth time or when there’s a lot of tasks vying for my attention. But I believe that with constant practice and God’s grace, I’ll become a better listener. That means listening actively with the goal of understanding, learning from, helping and supporting the one I am listening to.

I’m thankful that by God’s grace I’m still able to understand others in spite of my “halflistening” ears. Most of all, I’m thankful that He gives me the grace to listen to His voice speaking to me. It’s hard to explain but once you have a personal relationship with the Lord, you know it’s His voice when you hear it. It leads you to the truth.

I realized, though, that when I listen well to the Lord, I am the one being understood, taught, helped and supported by Him — not the other way around. He’s truly amazing, right? ----Dina Pecaña

 

REFLECTION:

“Nature has given us one tongue but two ears. That way we may hear twice as much as we speak.” (Epictetus)

 

Give me the grace, Father, to listen to Your voice more than my own. For Your words will always lead me to the truth.


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