And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching! With authority, he commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.
Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will. Please help those who are stranded with no elevator and those whose apartments are flooded. Please temper this frigid winter. It seems to have arrived so early. Look after those who are most vulnerable.
You speak with authority, Lord, because you are the author of life. The demons are powerless against you. They reveal you as “the Holy One of God,” before you silence them. The evil spirits cannot oppose your will.
We, your children, do not recognize you. We are amazed, and yet we have free will to turn away from you. Belief alone cannot sustain us. You, who sends your own Son to become human, to take our sins upon himself – you who love us so extravagantly, still wait for us to choose to accept you. Increase our faith, hope and charity that we might open our souls to your grace.
How can I receive and reflect your love today? Already, you have given me an opportunity to leave my comfort zone and offer assistance to a neighbor. How little I could do, and yet how grateful I was for a little push. I can strive to be more aware of the needs around me, more proactive, more willing to help before being asked. I cannot live in you and still keep to myself. Take me. Use me. Thy will be done.