In your power

Be the one who frees the prisoner

Greetings on this the Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Prv 3:27-34; PS 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5; Lk 8:16-18
Notes: To be human is a spectacular reality. Such ability! Such power!

In our day: Queen Elizabeth II Funeral Mass and Committal.

Who could imagine travel to the Moon, Mars and beyond (manned, unmanned).
Telescopes that can peer into the past by billions of years.

You are autonomous.
You have dignity (real in the divine and perceived in the heart).
You have power.
You have capacity.
You have knowledge.
You have resources.

You have faith.
You have hope.
You can forgive.
You can reconcile.

You can overcome loneliness, fear, despair, guilt, shame.
You can defeat powerlessness, hopelessness, and bring reassurance.

You can be a force of beneficence.
You can be one who is careful to be non – malfeasant.
You can express fidelity, personal and professional.
You can be truthful & reliable.
You can be Just.

It is in your power.
For yourself.
For others.

First reading
Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim
when it is in your power to do it for him.

Responsorial Psalm
The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

Alleluia Verse
Let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

Gospel Portion
Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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