December 4, Saturday, First Week of Advent
Daily Readings: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 & Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8
The context of today's reading talks about the healing ministry, and Jesus his power us to do and continue his mission of healing. He left a lot for his followers to do.
In the first reading, Prophet Isaiah announced the people of Jerusalem would see their teacher face to face and even will be prospered and a lot of harvest would be given.
In this Gospel reading, people see their teacher, Jesus face to face and He was traveling to villages and towns, teaching and preaching and healing in the synagogues. He was proclaiming the Gospel of his Kingdom. He also cured many people who were ill or in need.
Matthew says: "When Jesus saw the multitudes, He was filled with deep compassion for them." Jesus recognized how lost, hungry, and alone the people were. Indeed, they were sheep without a shepherd. They had no one to tend to them or care for them.
So, Jesus then called His twelve disciples. He gave His disciples the power and ability to heal, drive out unclean spirits, and cure every disease. Jesus then instructed His disciples to find the "lost" sheep of Israel.
We, Christian followers of Christ, our mission is to continue the work of Jesus for all the people.
Today Jesus also gives us the power to heal. We may heal simply by listening to another person. Or we may heal by giving an unexpected gift of our time or ability. We may heal by truly "seeing" another person. We all have the ability to heal. The question may be: Do I truly believe this? And do we use our gift of healing?
The best healing that Mother Theresa gave us is "wherever you go, spread Love." Your kindness, humility, peacefulness, simplicity, all these graces are to heal each other.
Who will we reach out to today? We may heal another person with a touch, with loving words or perhaps by simply giving our full attention to each person we meet. It is a great gift to give and receive!
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