Saturday, December 7, 2013

Advent Calendar, December 7

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

Reflection by Sister Jean Marie Ballard
Monastery Treasurer, Bakery Supervisor

In today’s Gospel, we hear of Jesus curing every disease and illness and that he gave the apostles authority over unclean spirits to cure every disease and every illness. This strikes me today because of the huge world of medicine and the great efforts that health care professionals make to cure every disease and every illness. What training did Jesus and his disciples have?

Jesus saw the crowds and was moved. And he instructed the twelve: Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and drive out demons. At times this directive of Jesus seems impossible to fulfill. But we, like Jesus, are moved with pity for those in need.

The words of Isaiah give me hope. The Lord “will be gracious to you when you cry out, as soon as he hears, he will answer you. The Lord will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst.”

How will you respond to Jesus’ instruction to cure the sick today?
How will you receive God’s graciousness today?

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