Good News A29
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
When Jesus saw crowds of troubled people, he felt sorry for them. These people were tired, poor, and sick. To him they seemed like lost sheep without a shepherd. He sent his 12 apostles to be their shepherds. These were the twelve apostles in alphabetical order: Andrew, Bartholomew, James son of Zebedee, James the son of Alphaeus, John the son of Zebedee, Judas Iscariot, Matthew the tax collector, Philip, Simon from Cana, Simon Peter, Thaddeus, and Thomas.
Jesus sent these apostles to lead the sheep so they would not be lost. He gave his apostles many powers. He gave them the power to raise the dead. He gave them the power to cleanse the lepers. He gave them the power to cure the sick. He gave them the power to cast out the devil’s demons that were inside the bodies and minds of the people. He gave these powers to his apostles free of charge. Therefore, he expected them to share these powers with his needy people free of charge. The apostles anointed disciples to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. These disciples were given the same powers as Jesus gave his apostles. These disciples gave their powers to other men to pass on down the ages. There is a spiritual line all the way from Jesus to the priests today. The Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte ordains the new priests who are given the powers that Jesus gave his Apostles.
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, God gave us forgiveness free of charge. He expects us to forgive others free of charge. Because we are human, it may not be as easy as it sounds. It may be difficult to forgive someone who has really hurt us. That is why it is so helpful to talk with the priest during the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Jesus gave the power to heal hearts, minds, and bodies to his apostles. When we go to confession, the priest tells us that our sins are forgiven. When we have problems, he listens and helps us to find solutions to them. He helps us to forgive others. Jesus wants us to find it in our hearts to forgive others as God as forgiven us.
Say the “Our Father” and thank God for sending a good shepherd to find you when you are lost.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright ©2002, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards