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Daily Gospel Reading - August 31, 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Luke 4:38-44


The Cure of Simon’s Mother-in-Law

38After he left the synagogue, [Jesus] entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. 39He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.

40At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. 41And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Messiah.

42At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. 43But he said to 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.” 44And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.



Jesus went to a deserted place. We often feel so tired that we want to give up on our many tasks and responsibilities. But look at the daily schedule of Jesus: he is traveling the whole day, at sunset he heals all the sick brought to him and casts out demons, and at daybreak the next day he goes out to pray and then proceeds to other towns to continue preaching. Whew! We may collapse with that kind of schedule.


What sustains Jesus? First, in spite of his busy schedule, he finds and makes time to pray. We need not only physical strength to survive today’s challenges. We need more inner strength to see us through.


Second, he has time for doing good to people whom he does not even know. Many people find strength and meaning in secretly helping unknown poor people who are in need. It is not only good therapy but a real source of joy and peace. Learn from Jesus and you will never run out of energy.


I met an old woman who was 104 years old. “What is your secret?” I asked her. “Oh, Father,” she replied, “I do not have a dirty mind. And I do not have a foul mouth!”


Praise and serve your in-laws this weekend.

Daily Gospel Reading - August 30, 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Luke 4:31-37

The Cure of a Demoniac

31Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, 32and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. 33In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, 34“Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 35Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. 36They were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” 37And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.



He spoke with authority. Jesus does not have a letter or decree from God investing him with the powers he needs. Jesus’ authority comes from the Father and from knowing what he is talking about. He believes in what he says and is convinced of what he believes in. In other words, Jesus is sincere. A person’s sincerity can disarm us. It can melt or shame us. Jesus is sincere in his teaching and his actions, in his love and his care for people, his passion and his intentions. Another word for authority is sincerity.


I once delivered what I believed was a good homily. A friend and her child approached me after Mass. The mother was all praise for my homily. Her child pulled me back to the ground when she innocently commented, “Oh Father, you sounded like you were just pulling our legs!” I knew what she meant. I was trying to impress people with my manner of giving a good homily. I forgot about being sincere.


Be true and sincere in whatever you do and say today.

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