Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance. - St. Thomas Aquinas: (1225 – 1274: was an Italian Catholic priest and Doctor of the Church)

Gospel Text: (LK 7:11-17)
Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.

What is it that you need to bring to our Lord?  What is it that leaves you feeling dead and alone in your life?  What suffering, sin, hurt, or frustration do you need to bring to our Lord?

Let Him say to you, “I tell you, arise!”  Arise from your sin, hurt, anger and pain.  Let His words sink in and transform your life bringing what seems to be dead back to life.

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