Audio Readings June 28, 2011 13th Week in Ordinary Time

Genesis 19:15-29; Psalm 26:2-3,9-12;Matthew 8:23-27

“Lord, save us!” (Matthew 8:25)

The disciples were astounded:  Jesus created calm. “What sort of  man is this,” they wondered in awe,  “whom even the winds and the sea  obey?” (Matthew 8:27)

What sort of man indeed! They  hadn’t come to realize yet that Jesus,  whom they knew as a man, was also  fully God. He was born of woman,  but was also “the image of the invisible  God, the firstborn of all creation”  (Colossians 1:15). He was a man in  whom all the fullness of God was  pleased to dwell (1:19), who possessed  not merely God’s attributes  but his divine nature. He was God  Incarnate!

What sort of man is he? He is the  One through whom all things were  created, and for whom all things  exist (Colossians 1:16). He is the  One whose immeasurably great  power is at work in and through us  who believe (Ephesians 1:19). He  can command healing—of cancer,  Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and every  other disease. He can order fever and  infection, rashes and hives to cease.  He can bring wholeness to broken  bones and to broken hearts.

Jesus is the One who desires  wholeness for all whom he created.  He can release us from the grip of  alcoholism or drug addiction. He can  command calm amid the storms of  life: divorce, the loss of a job or loved  one, calamity of every sort. He can  bring peace to raging emotions and  imaginations, to relationships fraught  with anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness.  He can order, “Be still!”  to wrath and lust and the desire for  revenge. With authority and gentleness,  he can tell the worried or  anxious heart: “Do not be afraid. It  is I!”

Jesus can do all things. That’s who  he is. Maybe you’ve never seen an illness  or disability healed, a broken  relationship restored, or a hopeless  situation resolved. But Jesus can  do it. Perhaps you long for it with  all your heart. Begin today declaring:  “I believe you can, Jesus.” Then  ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the  place where you can honestly say:  “I believe you want to, Jesus.” Then  watch to see the wonders he will  perform.

“Jesus, I believe you can—and  want to—heal. You are Lord and  Savior, and I trust in you!”  ~wau




About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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