September 17, 2020
by Cindy Costanzo
Creighton University's College of Nursing
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Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 446

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 28
Luke 7:36-50

Praying Ordinary Time

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“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” 

This week’s readings bring forward my most vulnerable self. The self that admits that I am weak yet strong and prideful. That I can do good and evil and I often mask my evil with rationale, policies, and law. That I counter my evil with deeds of good service that I hope amend my ways. But I know that another message of today’s reading is to honestly bring my weakness and sins to God. That God forgives and loves me. 

Jesus says there is freedom in forgiveness and courage in acknowledging sinfulness.

God delights in my presence on this earth. I am a child of God.

I know that I am called to be a companion of Jesus and I know that Jesus calls you also. We are here for a specific purpose. We are here to serve and love our families, our neighbors, our communities. Jesus message is to love, to forgive and to provide for each other.  It’s simple, its basic and it’s the truth.
In this current time of suffering, tribulation, and an abundance of sin, let us ask our God for forgiveness, to love one another and to offer our hand in taking evil and converting it to a good. Forgiveness can change a life. Forgiveness will make a transformational change in a life.  Let's take this opportunity to forgive someone close to us. Let’s recognize that if each of us today forgives one person, the world can be transformed.  How easy is that? 

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