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30th Week in Ordinary Time
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice;
turn to the Lord and his strength;
constantly seek his face. Cf. Ps 105 (104):3-4
Almighty ever-living God,
increase our faith, hope and charity,
and make us love what you command,
so that we may merit what you promise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Brothers and sisters: Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma. Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the Lord
and meditates on his law day and night. R.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers. R.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the Lord watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes. R.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth. Jn 17:17b, 17a
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.” The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.
Prayer over the Offerings
Look, we pray, O Lord,
on the offerings we make to your majesty,
that whatever is done by us in your service
may be directed above all to your glory.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We will ring out our joy at your saving help
and exult in the name of our God. Cf. Ps 20 (19):6
Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
as a fragrant offering to God. Eph 5:2
Prayer after Communion
May your Sacraments, O Lord, we pray,
perfect in us what lies within them,
that what we now celebrate in signs
we may one day possess in truth.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Meditation: Luke 13:10-17
You are set free of your infirmity. (Luke 13:12)
Both today’s Gospel and the first reading from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians reveal something that God deeply desires for us: our freedom. Through Jesus, our Father has set us free, and he wants us to live in the freedom that Christ has already won for us.
In the Gospel passage, Jesus is confronted by people who believe that it is an offense against God to heal a woman on the Sabbath. We can still hear the righteous anger in Jesus’ voice at the way this thinking inverts the will of God. Jesus knew that God’s law was never intended to bind us up. It was meant to provide boundaries that allow our freedom to flourish. Jesus saw the work of Satan behind the woman’s infirmity. He also saw her as a daughter of Abraham, not a nuisance interrupting his sabbath rest. So he released her from her bondage. In doing so, Jesus reveals his desire for her, and for all of us: “You are set free” (Luke 13:12).
In the first reading, Paul has been instructing the Ephesians on what a healthy Christian community should look like. When he exhorts them to live a moral life, he isn’t scolding them. Instead, he is reminding them of the high calling of the Christian life: “You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). These Christians had already been set free through Jesus’ death and resurrection, but they weren’t living as if they were really free.
When you were baptized, you were set free from sin and death. No longer a slave to sin, you can live in the freedom of a son or daughter of God.
Like the Ephesians, it can be easy to forget this truth and fail to live like a child of God. This is why Paul’s exhortation is always valuable: remember what Jesus has already done in your life. This is not just a matter of willpower, of gritting teeth and pulling up bootstraps. It’s about seeing the face of Jesus turning toward you in whatever “infirmity” you’re facing—and believing him when he says to you, “You are set free.”
“Holy Spirit, help me to live in the freedom of a child of God.”
Psalm 1-4, 6
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