None of us are worthy of God’s mercy. It has always been thus. In the first reading today from Ezra 9, Ezra says as much. “From the time of our fathers even to this day great has been our guilt…And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the LORD, our God…” We don’t deserve God’s mercy, yet he showers it down upon us daily. Praise God!
In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 9, Jesus sends out the Twelve and gives them power and authority. “He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” He also said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money…” He wanted them to rely solely on God. They had to trust that God would provide for their every need.
Have you ever really needed a hand from someone? Maybe you or a loved one fell ill or lost a job. It can be very difficult to ask for and accept the help of others. Often our pride gets in the way. But Jesus let the Apostles know that God would provide for them through the kindness and generosity of others. The next time someone offers us help, let’s be sure to see the hand of God providing for us through them.
Father, thank you for always providing for our needs. Help us to see you in the generosity of others. Amen.
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