Readings 20150208

The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net

Who do you take your troubles to? Jesus’ disciples freely brought their troubles to him because they found him ready and able to deal with any difficulty, affliction, or sickness which they encountered. When Simon brought Jesus to his home, his mother-in-law was instantly healed because Jesus heard Simon’s prayer. Jerome, an early church bible scholar and translator (c. 347-420), reflects on this passage:
“Can you imagine Jesus standing before your bed and you continue sleeping? It is absurd that you would remain in bed in his presence. Where is Jesus? He is already here offering himself to us. ‘In the middle,’ he says, ‘among you he stands, whom you do not recognize’ (Cf. John 1:26) ‘The kingdom of God is in your midst’ (Mark 1:15). Faith beholds Jesus among us. If we are unable to seize his hand, let us prostrate ourselves at his feet. If we are unable to reach his head, let us wash his feet with our tears. Our repentance is the perfume of the Savior. See how costly is the compassion of the Savior.”
Do you allow Jesus to be the Lord and healer in your personal life, family, and community? Approach the Lord with expectant faith. God’s healing power restores us not only to health but to active service and care of others. There is no trouble he does not want to help us with and there is no bondage he can’t set us free from. Do you take your troubles to him with expectant faith that he will help you?
“Lord Jesus Christ, you have all power to heal and to deliver from harm. There is no trouble nor bondage you cannot overcome. Set me free to serve you joyfully and to love and serve others generously. May nothing hinder me from giving myself wholly to you and to your service.”

The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2015. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com
THE ONLY HOPE

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.” —Job 7:6-7
Job was both rich and secure in that he had diversified investments. However, in three unrelated catastrophes, Job’s financial empire crashed in one day (Jb 1:14ff). Job’s bankruptcy was not the worst thing that happened to him that day. In another unrelated incident, Job’s ten children were killed when the house in which they were gathered collapsed (Jb 1:2, 18-19). Later, Job contracted an extremely painful illness “with severe boils from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head” (Jb 2:7). Job had reason to say: “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?” (Jb 7:1) He considered life to be hopeless, joyless “months of misery” (Jb 7:3ff).

Job’s life was not that unusual. Although few people have had so much hit them so fast, multiple tragedies are the rule of life and not the exception. Look at the billions of sick, dying, aborted, persecuted, oppressed, divorced, bereaved, exiled, starving, lonely, and rejected people.

Job’s assessment of life is true, but it is not the whole truth. In Jesus, and only in Jesus, there is hope. Jesus loves us infinitely, forgives us our sins, saves us, heals the sick, frees us from demons, raises the dead, works together everything for the good (Rm 8:28), and takes us to be with Him forever in heaven. Jesus is our only Hope, and the only Hope we need. Whether or not people know Jesus, “everybody is looking” for Him (Mk 1:37) because everyone has to have hope and Jesus is our only Hope. Therefore, “should anyone ask you the reason for this hope of yours, be ever ready to reply” (1 Pt 3:15).

Prayer: Father, show me how to invite people to the “new birth; a birth unto hope which draws its life from the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Pt 1:3). Promise: “I do all that I do for the sake of the gospel.” —1 Cor 9:23 Praise: Praise You, risen Jesus, only Hope of the world!
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 25, 2014.
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