MONDAY OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

September 18, 2017

1 Timothy 2:1-8

 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; 
there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all —this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.

 

Psalm 28:2, 7-9

 

Hear the voice of my supplication,
    

as I cry to you for help,


as I lift up my hands
    

toward your most holy sanctuary.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    

in him my heart trusts;


so I am helped, and my heart exults,
    

and with my song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people;
    

he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

O save your people, and bless your heritage;
    

be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

 

Luke 7:1-10

 

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

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Meditation

 

Imagine today, if all the noise being made to criticize the government and political leaders was turned into prayer, heaven would be rocked by the spiritual explosion. If we read and obeyed the opening verse in the letter to Timothy, and had faith in God, there would be so much less arguing and anger. There would be trust that God could move through the people in positions of authority to perform His holy Will.

 

Today, we read about the centurion whose slave was close to death. He sent word to Jesus asking him to come and heal the man. He did not micro-manage his servants. He did not have to see Jesus touch the man or hear the words of healing. He only asked him to send his word.

 

The centurion amazed Jesus. He was humble, expressing his unworthiness. He had faith in the power of God to heal. He had the hope that Jesus would command it. He believed in God’s character to bring life by the power of the Word.

 

Every day is a good day to grow in faith. Today, we can apply these scriptures and lift our hands up to God who alone is trustworthy and will provide for all our needs.

 

Prayer: Oh Lord, Hear the voice of my supplication,
 as I cry to you for help,
 as I lift up my hands 
toward your most holy sanctuary.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
 in him my heart trusts;

so I am helped, and my heart exults,
 and with my song I give thanks to him. The Lord is the strength of his people;
 he is the saving refuge of his anointed. O save your people, and bless your heritage;
 be their shepherd, and carry them forever. Amen.

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