REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
September 18, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities… Luke 8:1-2
Jesus was on a mission. His mission was to preach to town after town tirelessly. He did not do this alone. This passage points out that He was accompanied by the Apostles and several women who had been healed and forgiven by Him.
These women had been touched by Jesus. They had experienced the love and grace that flows from Him and as such they were ready to journey with Him wherever He go. As Christians we have been touched by Jesus in so many ways in our lives, are we ready to follow and journey with Him wherever he goes?
There is much this passage tells us. One thing it tells us is that when we allow Jesus to touch our lives, heal us, forgive us and transform us, we want to follow Him wherever He goes. Throughout history God had chosen those who are of no account in the world’s eyes to receive and testify to the gospel.
Jesus chooses the humble because they are often the most teachable and the most faithful. The women who followed Jesus were no worse sinners than the men who followed him, but they seemed to be more ready to accept the mercy and to remain true to him. They journeyed with him all the way to Jerusalem and some of these women were the very ones who stood by him at Calvary, when the Apostles fled in fear.
The desire to follow Jesus was not only an emotional one. Certainly, there were emotions involved. There was incredible gratitude and, as a result, a deep emotional bond. But the bond went so much deeper. It was a bond created by the gift of grace and salvation. These followers of Jesus experienced a greater level of freedom from sin than they had ever experienced before. Grace changed their lives and, as a result, they were ready and willing to make Jesus the center of their lives following Him wherever He went.
Reflect, today, upon two things. First, have you allowed Jesus to pour forth an abundance of grace into your life? Have you allowed Him to touch you, change you, forgive you and heal you? If so, have you then repaid this grace by making the absolute choice to follow Him? Following Jesus, wherever He goes, is not just something these Apostles and holy women did long ago. It’s something that we are all called to do daily. Reflect upon these two questions and recommit yourself where you see a lacking.
Lord, please do come and forgive me, heal me and transform me. Help me to know Your saving power in my life. When I receive this grace, help me to return to You in gratitude everything that I am and to follow You wherever You lead. Jesus, I trust in You.