It is 30th October 2017. The readings are from Romans 8:12-17; and the Gospel from Luke 13:10-17. In the first readings, St. Paul reminds us that we should not be controlled and led by our unspiritual acts and lives. There is no excuse, or a holiday for doing the work of the Lord. We must not delay the work of the Lord by our way of thinking and doing. The more we delay to do the work of the Lord, more we become slaves to the sins. Our personal sins invade us without being noticed by us. “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.” (Rom.8:14). It is the Holy Spirit who offers us the power of the Spirit to do things. We must never be satisfied with words alone. The unspiritual and sinful ways want to encroach us when we are not prompt enough to do the work of the Lord. Through the faith we have in the Lord, we are privileged to do the work of the Lord for everyone. It is our active participation in the work of the Lord reduces the possibility of sinning. We do not owe anything to our flesh while we are indebted a lot to the spirit. The responsorial Psalm praises, “Our God is the God of salvation.” (Ps.68:21). In the Gospel Jesus heals a woman suffered for eighteen years on the Sabbath which infuriates the officials in the synagogue. The Lord alone can unshackle the grip of sins and let us go free. Jesus pointed out to them that there is nothing in the Law forbids anyone to do good. Every moment we live we are obliged to do good. There is no special time and space to do good. It is indeed hard to do good when we are weakening the friendship with the Lord and failing to do the work of the Lord. We do not need to be afraid of anyone to do good no matter who the person is. May the Lord grant you to courage to continue the mission of healing starting from within. May you have a good day.

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