Tuesday, September 04, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 22ND Week in Ordinary Time
September 5, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 22ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Teresa of Calcutta, Religious Founder
1 Cor 3: 1 - 9 / Lk 4: 38- 44
Originally from Albania, St.. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa, 1910 - 1997) spent her life in India working for the poor. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950: its members take a fourth vow to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor."
FROM THE 1ST READING: 1 Cor 3: 5-9
For what is Apollos? What is Paul? They are ministers and through them you believed, as it was given by the Lord to each one of them. I planted, Apollos watered the plant, but God made it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who makes the plant grow.
The one who plants and the one who waters work to the same end, and the Lord will pay each according to their work. We are fellow-workers with God, but you are God's field and building.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 4: 38- 44
Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the house of Simon. His mother-in law was suffering from a high fever and they asked him to do something for her. Bending over her, he rebuked the fever; and it left her. Immediately she got up and waited on them.
At sunset, people suffering from many kinds of sickness were brought to Jesus, Laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Demons were driven out, howling as they departed from their victims., "You are the Son of God!" He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, for they knew he was the Messiah.
Jesus left at daybreak and looked for a solitary place. People went out in search of him and, finding him, they tried to dissuade him from leaving. But he said, "I have to go to other towns to announce the good news of the kingdom of God. That is what I was sent to do." So Jesus continued to preach in the synagogues of the Jewish country.
In the first reading Paul clarifies the work of human instruments and of God in building up the Church and God's kingdom.
In the Gospel reading we see a typical day in the Lord's public ministry. He begins by going to a deserted place to commune in prayer with his Father. His closeness to his Father gives him the strength for his daily activities. Jesus proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God, preaching in the synagogues. He healed the sick, cured lepers and expelled evil spirits from those possessed.
We can ask ourselves about our prayer life. Jesus remained close to his Father in prayer. Do we set time daily for meaningful contact with God? Do we pray only when we need something? Are we grateful to God for the blessings we receive each day? Do we include and involve the family in daily and regular prayer? How seriously do I take attendance at Sunday Mass at the parish?
Have a good day!
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