Sunday, January 24, 2016

Your Weekly Reflection from CMMB 1/24/16

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.                                                - Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Photo Marcos Rodriguez KENYA

Jesus was the one sent by God to bring salvation to the world. Jesus announced that mission using the framework we hear in today's Gospel from the prophet Isaiah: glad tidings will be brought to the poor, liberty to captives, recovery of sight for the blind, and freedom for the oppressed. Jesus inaugurates the Kingdom of God in his person—through his life, death, and Resurrection. We are charged with the task of continuing the mission that He began. Jesus also gave us the helper we would need to enable us to participate in his mission: The Holy Spirit.

Thinking about the vision Jesus describes, we’re immediately reminded of Florence, a senior CMMB community health volunteer in Zambia.
Quick to smile, experienced, and motherly, Florence met Alfred on the streets of Kabwe. She learned that both his parents had died from HIV, and that he was supporting his grandmother and six siblings by selling plastic bags. Florence knew immediately that his family needed help from CMMB.

Did Florence and Alfred meet just by chance? Their meeting certainly changed the family’s future. As Catholics, we feel certain that Florence was guided by the power of the Holy Spirit.  How lucky to have such a beautiful part to play in helping fulfill God’s mission!
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Yours in grace,

Catholic Medical Mission Board

This reflection is inspired by, and adapted in part, from Loyola Press Sunday Connection.
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