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Jesus did not allow the Pharisees’ criticism and disbelief of Him to deter Him from His mission.

Reading: Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Matthew 9: 35.
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 9:32-38) begins as several people bring to Jesus a man who was unable to speak because he was possessed by a demon.  Jesus approached the man and drove the demon out of him.  Immediately, the man’s speech was completely restored.  The crowds who witnessed this healing were awed and amazed!  They looked at one another and said: “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
Pharisees were in the crowd also.   After seeing Jesus heal the man, they were not awestruck; rather they made derogatory and dismissive comments.  They accused Jesus of driving out the demons by the power of the prince of demons.
Jesus did not allow the Pharisees’ criticism and disbelief of Him to deter Him from His mission.   Jesus traveled throughout the countryside, preaching in the synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and illness.  Jesus had a tender and loving heart;  He was sensitive to every person who was in need.  Matthew writes: “His heart was moved with pity for them as they were troubled and abandoned.  They were like sheep who had no shepherd to care for them.”
Jesus realized how deeply the people were in need.  After a time, Jesus looked at His disciples and said to them: “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.  Ask the harvest master to send out laborers for his harvest.”   Today, we are Jesus’ disciples in our world and today Jesus looks at each one of us and says to us: “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.”
It pains and shocks us that the reaction to Jesus’ miracle was to accuse him of having done this by the power of demons. We wonder at how hard the human heart can become, unable or unwilling to see what is so obvious.
How consoling to read that Jesus had compassion on the crowds, who were like sheep without a shepherd. It was much more than a feeling, for we see him going about the cities and villages, preaching the good news, and healing the sick. After two thousand years, we still look like sheep without a shepherd, and I watch Jesus being moved by our predicament. I ask for compassion for our world and ask myself what I can do to bring healing and good news to my small world.
Today and every day, Jesus is calling us to go out and care for the people who are in need: individuals who are filled with sorrow, pain, or loneliness.  How will we respond to Jesus’ call?  Will we follow Him, or will we ignore or dismiss Him when He calls us?

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Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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