Man On A Mission…
Today’s Gospel portrait of Jesus provides a special insight into the power of love at work in the Person of Jesus. St. Luke provides a snapshot of some 24 hours in the life of Jesus – and He was on the move!
His “day” included: teaching in the synagogue, visiting Simon and his mother-in-law and curing her severe fever, curing the many sick people who came to be healed that evening, rebuking some demons, getting away to a deserted place (likely to have a prayer-break), handling the additional crowds that later came looking for him, and then heading off to continue preaching in the synagogues of Judea. Jesus, a Man on a Mission: sharing the Good News of God’s Love! Considering our recent Labor Day celebration, truly Jesus “labored in love” of us all.
As we each face our personal busy-ness and the opportunities of life, Jesus invites us to follow His example. He teams up with St. Paul in today’s first reading from his letter to the Colossians to encourage us, inviting us… perhaps…to:
- Embrace each day and all that God has in store for us – with faith and love.
- In everything, be grateful.
- Don’t be afraid to tell the devil to “go home”.
- We deserve a break each day; it’s important to step aside. Rest and prayer are critical to life.
- Friends and family are important. Treasure relationships. Care for one another.
- Don’t forget: you are God’s beloved. Help others to experience that Love.
At the end of today’s Gospel selection Jesus states that he must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God to other towns. He is a Man on a Mission – and it worked! You and I are invited to share in His Life, and then reach out in love to those around us. WE are people on a mission! May our days be blessed.
Fr. John Schork, C.P., is a member of the Passionist community in Chicago, Illinois.