Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said,
“My daughter has just died.
But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
And from that hour the woman was cured.
When Jesus arrived at the official’s house
and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed him.
When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand,
and the little girl arose.
And news of this spread throughout all that land.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works. (Psalm 145:9)
Observation: If we read the Gospel for today and then listen to the words from Father Michael on the video reflection for today: http://www.usccb.org/video/reflections.shtml , we may be left with the question of how do I know that what I am doing in the moment is the best use of my time to further the kingdom of God. I think the interpretation of the 9th verse of the 145th Psalm, that we hear in the Responsorial this morning, answers that question perfectly. The Lord is good to all, and compassionate toward all of your works, not just the ones that we are sure are worthy of our attention.
Personification: Love (Charity) – Quick to sense the needs of the people with whom we work and live and respond as Jesus would. If I could take Father Michael’s point in his reflection one step further, it would be to know that the holy Spirit will reveal to you in the fruit of love or charity the needs of others around you only if we stay in the present moment. If I am concerned about what will happen tomorrow or even the rest of the day, I could be paralyzed into non-action on an opportunity to share the faith with someone who is right in front of me.
Prayer: Lord, help us all to realize the call to discipleship of Jesus Christ in a real way today and for the rest of our lives by keeping us acting in the present moment. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.