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Reflection by Connie Beckman
Today's Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8
Jesus kept trying to convert His people from His home town. But all the town folks could see is this simple son of a carpenter. “Is he not the carpenter’s son?” However, Jesus saw a few whose hearts did have faith in His healing power. For this entire town, this should have been a time of rejoicing and praising God for this miracle of healing a crippled man. The few people who were praising God were drowned out by shouts of accusations and harsh judgments. Jesus did not back down. Jesus proclaimed that He had the authority to forgive sin.
It reminds me of my life and my failed attempts to try to share my faith with family members. Like Jesus, my words fall on deaf ears and hardened hearts. I also recall, before my return to the Catholic faith, a few well-meaning people tried to witness to me. That also fell on deaf ears. One of those faithful Catholics was my mother. When things were falling apart in my life, my mother would hand me a rosary and say "Pray it." I ignored her. However, behind the scenes she was faithfully praying many rosaries for me. Her intercessory prayers worked. Now, I try with the help of God’s grace to live my Catholic faith to the full.
Is the Holy Spirit asking you to witness to someone in need of God’s mercy and love? Pray first then speak.
Jesus, I ask you to help me share my faith with others by truly living my faith with humility and trust in You. May I be a sign of Your love to others today.
Copyright 2020 Connie Beckman
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