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October 4, 2015
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." - Mark 10:13-14
Jesus' disciples get it all wrong. They don't let the children get near him. Maybe they think Jesus needs some alone time. Or maybe they just think these children are a pain in the neck.
But Jesus gets indignant. And he makes it clear. No one must be prevented from coming to him.
I once asked my spiritual director how I could learn to love like Jesus loves. I do not think I can, I told him. I want to, but I don't know how. I thought I was too broken to love. How can a broken person love? How can a broken person trust?
He told me to ask my sons. He said that they would know. I wasn't sure what he meant by that at first. But soon I began to understand.
I love my children unconditionally. And they love me the same way.
Like Jesus loves.
My husband had been away from the Catholic Church for years because of a divorce. He got an annulment and when he went to confession, the priest said, Welcome home.
Then my husband brought me to Mass. Every Sunday. And soon I too felt like I had come home.
Love opens hearts. Love heals wounds. Wounds of divorce. Wounds of abuse. Wounds of childhood.
It is Jesus who opens hearts. It is Jesus who helps us to trust - and love - like a child again.
It is Jesus who heals.
Not an easy thing to do. This love stuff.
To love like Jesus means to love without conditions. It means to love all the broken people. It means to love others who do not yet know what you and I know.
That Jesus is love.
We need to bring people to Jesus. Not block their way.
We need to bring his children to him.
Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts of faith and family. Thank you for loving me and teaching me to love. Thank you for healing my broken heart. Help me learn to trust and love others like a child. Help me to bring broken hearts to you. Amen.
Monday, Oct. 5
Jonah 1:1-21-2, 11; Luke 10:25-37
A Samaritan foreigner shows the loving behavior that Jesus desires. Who has been a healing presence in my life?
Lord, you have sent many people to minister to me in my lifetime. Help me to see who they have been and to better understand what you wanted them to show me. Never let me forget that you constantly sent helpers into my life. Never let me forget that you always send me into others lives.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Jonah 3:1-10; Luke 10:38-42
Am I more like Mary or Martha – WHY?
Lord, I see both Mary and Martha in myself at times. Help me to strike a balance between the two. Sitting at your feet and listening is very important but so also is doing the labor necessary to service your needs. Help me to always choose the right path.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Our Lady of the Rosary
Jonah 4:1-11; Luke 11:1-4
Jesus always took time out to pray. Do I allow time in my busy life for prayer?
Lord, I always want to remember to pray, but there are times when my busy schedule gets in the way. Help me to always make time for prayer. Never let me forget that it is through prayer that all my burdens will become light.
Thursday, Oct. 8
Malachi 3:13-20b; Luke 11:5-13
Jesus tells us to seek and we will find. Do I take time out of my life to ask for his help?
Lord, I know you are always listening to me. Help me to remember to ask for your help in all my needs. You have promised if I ask I will receive. Grant me the faith to believe that that will happen.
Friday, Oct. 9
Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2; Luke 11:15-26
What can I do to help eliminate the power of evil in my world?
Lord, evil surrounds us. It can only be through your power that we can eliminate it from our world. Grant me the wisdom to recognize evil and the courage to eliminate it as much as possible.
Saturday, Oct. 10
Joel 4:12-21; Luke 11:27-28
How can I hear and act on God's word in my life?
Lord, I hear your voice all the time, but frequently I do not act upon what I hear. Help me to better act upon what you are telling me in my life. Never allow me to ignore your words.
Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
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