You may have heard the saying that a person is known by the company they keep. What are we to make of the company that Jesus kept described for us in Luke’s gospel today? The twelve were with Him, an assortment of individuals, fishermen, tax collectors, ordinary people. Some were women who had been cured of evil spirits.
We are one body, the body of Christ. St. Paul voiced this article of faith for us today in his letter to the Philippians, but it is the voice and music of the Irish vocalist that rings in my ears, "We Are One Body, the Body of Christ." If my memory serves me, I believe this song was popularized at one of the World Youth Days.
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Our gospel today focuses on the power and authority of Jesus. He demonstrates that in the way He spoke and in the way He acted. Preaching in the synagogue in the city of Capernaum, the people were amazed at how He spoke with personal authority, unlike other teachers and prophets who came before Him.
God meets us where we are and invites us to meet Him where He is! In the stormy circumstances of our lives, when we are gripped with fear and doubts, God enters into the place where we are physically and spiritually, and invites us to meet Him where He is, as Jesus did with Peter in today’s gospel.
Some people read their horoscopes, others go to Facebook and see what their five hundred friends are up to. I look at the obituaries every morning and inclined to read the death notices of younger people, their educational background, their religious affiliation, and burial plans. There was a sad obituary the other day of a young man who was in his thirties. He lost his battle with addiction.
As many of you know, I am blest to have lived at Lourdes in France for three years serving in our Family Rosary mission there. I’m looking forward to returning for a month in September, Lord willing. I have seen the place up close, so I can say that there have been thousands of physical healings – cures! It’s the real deal. Yet one could counter: there have been millions of sick people who have visited Lourdes. What about the rest of them?