Daily Gospel Reflection for September 1, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 4:16-30

As busy wives, moms, and women, this gospel passage poses some challenging goals for our Christian way of life.  After all, who among us has time to set the captives free? Who has the ability to give sight to the blind or to let the oppressed go free?  We do.  We are the living Body of Christ, and we have the responsibility to carry on all of the ministry work for the One who loved us even unto death.  

We all know people in our lives that are imprisoned, not physically, but by their own bad choices.  Perhaps it is someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol, perhaps is it someone who has isolated themselves from others by their own wishes. Perhaps it is you.  In this crazy technological world that we live in, some of us find ourselves chained to the computer hours at a time, missing wonderful opportunities to be with our children and families.  It’s so easy for all of us to be “hooked” to our modern tools of technology that we often forget to put them down.  

On the calendar today we celebrate Labor Day, and it offers us a wonderful opportunity for us to free ourselves from the demands of the day, from the postings that can wait, from the piles of the laundry that will be there tomorrow.  Free yourself from captivity and spend this day with your loved ones.  Let the healing grace of Jesus give you renewed sight that you may see God’s presence in the world around you; in the fields and flowers, in the sounds of children laughing, in the backyard parties, in the faces of your family and friends.  Proclaim to everyone this day, the goodness of the Lord, and you might just set the captives free, or give sight to the blind.  Just be Christ to one another, and this year will be acceptable to the Lord!  Have a blessed Labor Day!

Ponder:

Prayerfully reflect upon one person in your life that you can help free from an oppressing situation. Name three things you can do for them in the coming week!  Now act upon your goodness and grace.

Pray:

Heavenly Father,

You have called all people to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Pour forth your Spirit upon me this day, 

that I may have the eyes to see, and the ears to hear, 

all that you call me to do for the Kingdom.

I ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Copyright 2014 Dr. Mary Amore

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