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The encounter with the Lord as an occasion of growth

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Arlene Donarber

September 6, Wednesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: First reading: Colossians 1:1–8; Gospel: Luke 4:38–44

"She got up immediately and waited on them. This attitude of Simon's mother-in-law is equated with the words of Saint Paul in the first reading: "…the Gospel is bearing fruit and growing from the day you heard it …" Immediately upon listening to it, they start working. It was also the same thing with the people of Capernaum because, immediately upon knowing that Jesus was in their neighborhood, they brought all the sick people to him.

Encountering God through Jesus, no matter how it occurs, has to lead to action or a concrete commitment. The encounter with God is always a moment of grace, and grace has to bear fruit.

The focus is not on the number of fruits or the quantity of them, but rather on the efforts to be made or the action to be taken. It is only in such a context that the grace of God received in every eucharistic celebration, in the sacraments in general, during Lenten recollections, retreats, Misa de Gallo, … will bear fruit.

How many baptized and adult persons are still afraid, hesitating, and avoiding taking commitments for the life of the parish, the BEC, or the community?


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