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Monday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:6-11

A man with a withered hand is called forward by Jesus in the synagogue.  “Stretch out your hand,” Jesus says and his hand was restored.  By taking the part of himself in the greatest need of healing to Jesus, he was healed.

This is the call in today’s gospel for us too.  We are invited to offer to Jesus the parts of us that most need healing, his loving touch, his radiating love.  It is only then, when we are willing to be so honest with Jesus, that we can be truly healed.  It means standing up in front of others and showing our weaknesses.  It means turning those flaws and imperfections over to God. When we offer Jesus our flaws, and ask for forgiveness and love, we are whole again.  What a wonderful gift awaits us as we hold out our withered hands, looking for love, waiting to be healed.

By Maureen McCann Waldron


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