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wwed journey fullAt the beginning of today’s Gospel reading, we find Jesus again going about his healing mission. Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus heal the sick, raise the dead, forgive sinners, be compassionate to the poor, love everyone (especially the outcasts), and speak out against all forms of evil. In our following of him, we are called to be present in the public square and to do these same deeds.

But again, there is a sense of impending doom. The Jewish authorities who see Jesus as a threat to their power are seeking to kill him. They are offended by his references to God as his Father, ‘making himself equal to God’. This, however, as Jesus makes very clear, is who exactly who he is, in his identity, his life and his mission.

He and the Father are one, totally united in love and all that he does comes from the Father. The deeds of Jesus are the deeds of the Father. Through Jesus life and actions we meet a God whose loving tenderness and mercy reaches out to all with special attention to the weakest and most vulnerable.

As followers of Jesus, this is our baptismal mission as well. The power of the Spirit acting in and through us makes it possible for us to live in imitation of Jesus and be in the world as God calls us to be.

Let’s say yes without counting the cost!

Sister Rosemary Fry

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