WORD of the DAY
We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses…So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. (Hebrews: 4: 12-16 )
The Letter to the Hebrews helps to answer the question asked in today’s Gospel, “Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus sympathizes with us and His answer is remarkably clear, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners”. Thus we can confidently approach Jesus to receive mercy and the grace we need to help ourselves.
What more consoling words could we desire than to know Christ is here for us and never stops loving us and waiting for us. He knows we are weak and sympathizes with us so that we may go to Him with confidence and be helped. For this reason, He gives us the Sacrament of Reconciliation that we might hear His words of encouragement and forgiveness; so that we might unburden ourselves with confidence.
We are immersed in Jesus’ Love at every moment, whether we are aware of it or not. Let us go to this inexhaustible fount of mercy to be healed, to be encouraged, to be made new.
Jesus, open the eyes of my heart to Your presence, Your loving presence in me and around me. Heal me that I may be all You want me to be.
The Voice of Blessed Margaret Ebner, OP
My Lord, give me the sweet assurance of salvation in the fullness of our grace…where your appearance is our eternal guide, and where all sadness has an end and all joy is assured by the source of living water…My Lord, may you pour into us yourself and pour your rich gifts over us in full grace! Purify us and cleanse us from all our sins by the Holy Blood of your sacred wounds.