Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time (I) (05th September, 2017) on the Gospel
1Thess 5:1-6.9-11;
Ps 26:1.4.13-14. (R. v.13);
Lk 4:31-37.
Topic: Our Teacher is our Healer.
In today’s gospel, the people were amazed at Jesus’ teaching at Capernaum on a Sabbath because He spoke with authority. He also commanded the demon in a demoniac and it came out of him without harming him. In amazement, the people kept saying, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!”
Jesus is both our teacher and our healer. His word instructs and heals, cf. Matt 8:8. He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, cf. 1Tim 2:4. Hence, prophet Hosea invites all, “Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up” (Hos 6:1).
And “whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope” (Rom 15:4; cf. 1Cor 10:11). Jesus invites all to come to Him with their burdens, cf. Matt 11:28. Whoever lacks wisdom should not hesitate to approach God who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him, cf. Jas 1:5.
My dear brothers and sisters, we ought to come to Jesus with all our challenges. He is ever ready to help us. But He expects us to come with faith, cf. Heb 10:22.38; Jas 1:6. “The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him” (Lam 3:25).
Bible Reading: Jer 17:14-18; Hos 6:1-3.
Thought for today: Jesus has all the answers.
Let us pray: Lord, free all who are under every form of demonic attack and manipulations – Amen.
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