Have Pity on Me, Lord “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David. My daughter is tormented by a demon.” These words from today’s Gospel reminded me of an event …
What the apostles thought was a ghost turned out to be Jesus. How loving the words He spoke: “Take courage…do not be afraid.” We too, have seen “ghosts” that have turned out to be blessings in disguise. We may have been fearful of a situation only to find out in the end that it was something for our good.
In the first reading today Solomon is told by God, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon responds, “Give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.” God was pleased with this request from Solomon, for he had not asked for “long life, nor riches, nor for the life of his enemies” but for a gift which would serve the good of the people.
The second reading today from Paul’s letter to the Romans continues explaining the effects of living in the Spirit. Paul emphasizes the effect that the Spirit has on our human weakness. “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groaning.”
There is a quote that says: “The end never justifies the meanness.” In today’s world there seems to be so much meanness. We as believers need to help change this. We need to realize that our end is heaven, and that end never justifies any sort of meanness.
Sometimes we forget how special we are to God. Sometimes we forget because we don’t like what we see when we examine our lives. In today’s Gospel we hear about God’s special love for each of us. We need to appreciate the love God has for us particularly because God knows all about us, and “even the hairs of our head are counted.”
As a priest, there is no greater honor than to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy we call Eucharist. The word Eucharist is from a Greek word meaning, thanksgiving, and it is fitting that we render thanks to our God. I am honored to lead you, parishioners, in this great thanksgiving prayer, and to pray over the bread and wine to be transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus.
“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” These words are how we begin all of our prayers. We were baptized into the faith using these same words. The creed that we profess is a profession that recalls the saving activity of God the Creator, God the Redeemer and God the Sanctifier. That which distinguishes us from other people of good faith is our belief that God has been revealed to us as Three in One.
Today marks an important turning point in the early Church. As we hear in today’s first reading, once the disciples had received the gift of the Holy Spirit, they found new strength and courage to proclaim the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As they proclaimed the message, they were heard in various languages, for the message of salvation could not be contained in only one dialect.