Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
July 4, 2022
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, the power of eternal life flows in an Almighty Current through our readings.
Hosea imagines an amorous God who allures the beloved to full and faithful relationship.
Beautiful Psalm 145 might be read as the grateful response of that redeemed beloved … of us as we are continually gathered back into God’s heart.
The Alleluia Verse assures us that the ultimate “gathering back” has occurred through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are forever allured, redeemed, arisen in Christ!
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
Today’s Gospel, tells the miraculous stories of two women – one young, one old – touched to new life by Jesus. Each of us could linger in these stories at the thousand places where our own lives might mirror the needs of that breathless little girl or that exhausted woman. We pause with one or the other of them today, have a little talk in our prayer, see how the power of Jesus covered them.
In our scriptures today, all kinds of death are destroyed through the infinite gift of God’s love and mercy. What deathly threats might we bring to God’s touch as we pray today?
Poetry: WOMAN UN-BENT (LUKE 13:10–17) – Irene Zimmerman, OSF
That Sabbath day as always she went to the synagogue and took the place assigned her right behind the grill where, the elders had concurred, she would block no one’s view, she could lean her heavy head, and (though this was not said) she’d give a good example to the ones who stood behind her. That day, intent as always on the Word (for eighteen years she’d listened thus), she heard Authority when Jesus spoke. Though long stripped of forwardness, she came forward, nonetheless, when Jesus summoned her. “Woman, you are free of your infirmity,” he said. The leader of the synagogue worked himself into a sweat as he tried to bend the Sabbath and the woman back in place. But she stood up straight and let God’s glory touch her face.
Music: He Touched Me – Gaithersburg Brothers
This extremely popular American Gospel song was written by Bill Gaithers in 1963. It has been recorded and released over 10 times by artists such as Jimmy Durante, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lawrence Welk and Elvis Presley.