May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: Gospel Lk 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Jesus always went off to a deserted place when He was doing His Fathers work. He knew that He gathered strength from this time alone with Him. We can learn from that – when was the last time you spent quiet time with the Lord? He also never allowed the desires of others to keep Him from His Father’s work. How often do we allow ourselves to be distracted from the work of the Lord? From going to Mass, spending time with Him? Jesus knew His priorities, do you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always recognize the distractions the world places in my path to keep me from doing your work. Help me to keep my focus on you and spending time with you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

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