Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus. Lk 6:6-11
Today, Jesus continues to heal. What part of your life do you need healed? We usually go to confession for the same sins and it becomes discouraging. We all have crosses to carry, but many of us have the same ones. You are not suffering alone, trust me. Jesus cries with you, suffers with you, prays with you. You are never alone.
Today, Jesus also teaches us that we do not have to follow the law if it is against the will of God. “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” Abortion is the biggest holocaust in our country’s history. Continue to pray for the unborn and all mother’s and father’s expecting. Pray for all of those who have had an abortion. Then, think about ways we destroy lives outside of the womb physically or spiritually. It may be overindulging in food, drink, or lust. It may be through gossip, back stabbing, rumor spreading, or cyberbullying.
We may destroy by not including others or neglecting family members in our own home. Sometimes we spend more time with our electronics than we spend with our family. Every day Jesus is asking us to “Stretch out your hand.” He wants our salvation more than we want it. Let us not destroy the greatest opportunity for our life and soul, a life with Jesus Christ. One way we could decide to come to Jesus, is like the man with a withered hand and we will not only have our hand restored but our whole life. We can conquer sin and death in our life little by little by allowing Jesus to heal us. We can go to confession and daily Mass as often as necessary.
Today’s challenge: Tear down the walls of a hard heart. Allow yourself to be healed. Don’t become discouraged by falling to the same sins. Pope Francis says, “Jesus never tires of forgiving, it is us who tire of asking for forgiveness.” Reach out your hand to Jesus and be healed.
Be a servant, become a saint!
In this Scripture passage Jesus tells one man to reach out his hand so he could be healed, but He’s really talking to all of us because we are all dealing with sin and suffering. All we have to do is reach out our hand. Our souls cannot be healed unless we ask for healing. I also think that Jesus was never talking to one person, rather the whole world with every piece of advice He gave us. I see that as a sign that we shouldn’t give others advice if we aren’t going to take it to heart too, because it might just be God giving us a reminder to reach out our hand to Him through somebody reaching out their hand to us asking for help.
We destroy lives outside of the womb when we choose to say something hurtful about somebody instead of building them up and complimenting them. It’s so easy to bring somebody down to bring ourselves up but choosing kindness instead gets easier over time if we make a habit of it so it can become part of our daily lives.
Awesome reflection, you always inspire me! I hope freshman year is going well! Keep reading the lessons of life Jesus is trying to teach us on relationships in the Scriptures! Praise be Jesus Christ! You made my day! Mr. G