Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them,

Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.

Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases everywhere.

—Luke 9:1-6

The peace of the Lord be with you. There are so many layers to our Gospel today. One message of the Gospel today is that to be a follower Jesus means to be sent. Another meaning in the Gospel is that to be a follower of Jesus is be one who heals and tells others about the goodness of God. A third message is that to be a follower of Jesus means to be one who puts their trust in God for ones sustenance.

So today may the grace of God be with us and aid us in all our endeavors for the betterment of the world and the glory of God. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Wednesday, September 23, 2020