Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
September 1st, 2010

Janine ter Kuile

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Wednesday in the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
[433] 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Psalm 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
Luke 4:38-44

I love this gospel passage which shows Jesus teaching, healing, ministering night and day.  At the end of this period, he doesn’t rest, he goes away to pray.  Not an easy task, to show compassion when you’re exhausted.  Teachers are mighty healers… do you recall a much-loved teacher of yours?  She/he could do no wrong.  And so the people of this world flocked to Jesus as a miracle-worker, a prophet bringing good news of the Kingdom. 

What are the lessons residing in this story?  ‘Simon Peter’s mother got up instantly from being healed to serve Jesus’.  WE ARE HEALED (given life) TO SERVE.

‘Laying his hands on each one, he healed them’.  IF WE ARE NOT MOTIVATED TO SERVE, DO WE KNOW HIM?

"I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." PREACHING THE GOSPEL TOOK PRIORITY, HOW CAN I FOLLOW JESUS IF I STAY PUT?

It is in the Ignatian tradition that the simplest human activities should be done for God’s greater glory by serving one another.  I recently had the chance to be served by a local Alcoholics Anonymous group.  As a future counselor, I went there to learn more about the miracle of recovery.  Their personal stories spoke of serving with compassion.  To see how the human spirit rises up from ashes reminds me that we find miracles in teachers (sponsors) and healers in our midst.  The Kingdom is right here on earth folks, serving one another.

Dear God, thank you for the quiet miracles that change our lives. Amen

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