Daily Mass Reflections - 9/5
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Today’s Gospel (Luke 4:38-44) once again reminds us of the healing power, mercy and compassion with which Jesus conducted his ministry here on Earth. In his Daily Gospel Reflection this morning, Bishop Barron likens today’s Gospel to a “day in the life of Jesus,” one in which he tirelessly heals countless people, many of whom are possessed by demons and the like.
We are told that those on hand wanted Jesus to stay with them, remaining in their midst so that they could continue to grow in the healing power and wisdom of his love. This was of course not to be his fate however, as he tells them “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, Because for this purpose I have been sent."
As I heard these words read this morning, it was a reminder that we too are called to share our faith, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God through our thoughts, words, choices and actions. Jesus is of course our model for merciful living. Throughout his ministry, mercy was always his response to people of all walks of life. He befriended the rich and the poor, tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, a Roman centurion and a Samaritan woman just to name a few. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and fed the hungry. He grieved when his friend Lazarus died, accepted the human foibles of his disciples and even fogave those who crucified him.
God sent Jesus to walk among us for reasons that go beyond dying for our sins. Jesus showed us how to live by virtue of his example, thereby showing us the way to eternal life. Let us strive to emulate him in all that we do in an effort to show our gratitude for his love, patience, wisdom and yes, his mercy.