July 17, 2021

Today’s readings provide two significant insights into God’s nature: God is freeing, and God is healing. We are called to emulate these qualities in our daily lives. In the Book of Exodus, we learn that God is freeing. We can free those around us through sacrifice, service, and acts of kindness. Imagine a time when you succumbed to the pressures of daily life; even something that seems relatively benign, like cleaning the house, can cause strain. Now imagine someone helped you in some small way and the relief you would feel. If you see someone in your life with a lot on their plate, a small act of kindness can free them from the stress and anxiety they are experiencing.

In the gospel reading, Jesus was under pressure from his rivals, and Jesus’ response was to help others. Jesus healed physically, and where we may not be able to cure the sick, we can heal those around us emotionally and spiritually. For example, if you see someone having a bad day and feeling the strains of life, try making them laugh, as laughter can result in a considerable amount of healing.

The Eucharist is the perfect exemplification of these virtues. We gain our strength to perform these works through the great gift of the Eucharist. Let us pray that we can bring Jesus to all those around us from the Eucharist and provide them with freedom and healing.

Will you answer God’s calling to free and heal others from their burdens?

Let Us Pray:

Good and gracious God, you welcome all to come and experience your love. Teach us to welcome others into our lives to free them from their hardships. Please help us to continue to grow in your goodness and grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


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About George Peko

George works at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Highland Heights, Ohio. where he is the Catechetical Leader and Evangelization Director. He is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament. With his wife, Anna, they help prepare couples for marriage in their local parish.