CaptureDear Brothers and Sisters,

The work of God in our lives is so incredible!

The gifts of the Lord Jesus to those who follow Him are gifts of the Kingdom of God. Just as God loves us in Christ Jesus and brings healing and wholeness, so we also must touch the lives of one another in the same way.

The first reading today is from the Prophet Isaiah. He tells us today: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! We can know that we don’t have to be frightened. We can be upset, we can be lazy, we can be against God.

Whatever! God is still going to seek us out in some way and we will have a choice to believe in Him. We don’t even know how God will come into our lives. For those of us who already believe, there are still surprises ahead of us. God never abandons us. God never gets us to one point in live and says: that is enough. No! God wants us to be fully alive and fully in love with Him. Isaiah tells us: with divine recompense he comes to save you. Divine recompense is surely mercy upon mercy upon mercy—and yet always trying to entice from us a divine response to His divine love. The Gospel of Mark today is about the healing of the deaf man who had a speech impediment. Again this account is put here to show us that God wants us whole and alive.

Perhaps we will never be entirely whole in this life or entirely alive, but God is always there with us, enticing us, drawing us and seeking to gain our attention and our response. When we do feel small touches of healing and wholeness and life, then we are like this deaf man and cannot restrain ourselves from telling others.

The Letter of James draws these themes together today by asking us not to make distinctions among people. Everyone is worthy of our love because all have the love of God. Social standing, beliefs, relationships, etc., should not stand in the way of our love.

That never means abandoning the message of Jesus about how to live. Rather it implies that because we know the teachings of Jesus and of His Church, we are able to love even better and to show others the path of life.

Father Jesus