Wednesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

Saint Luke 4:38-44.
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel

Letter to the Colossians 1:1-8.

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
to the holy ones and faithful brothers in Christ in Colossae: grace to you and peace from God our Father.
We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. Of this you have already heard through the word of truth, the gospel,
that has come to you. Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you, from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth,
as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave, who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

Psalms 52(51):10.11.

But I, like an olive tree in the house of God, trust in God's faithful love forever.
I will praise you always for what you have done. I will proclaim before the faithful that your name is good.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:38-44.

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.
At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God." But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Messiah.
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, "To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent."
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Commentary of the day
Saint Bernard (1091-1153), Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Sermons on the Song of Songs, no.84, 3 (©Classics of Western spirituality)

"The crowds went looking for him... But he said to them, 'To the other towns also I must go' "

Every soul among you which is seeking God must know that he has gone before and sought you before you sought him...  "All night long in my little bed I sought him whom my soul loves" (Sg 3:1). The soul seeks the Word, but she has first been sought by the Word...  Our soul is no different from a wandering spirit which does not return  if she is left to herself. Hear a fugitive and a wanderer who grieves and pleads, "I have gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek your servant" (Ps 119[118], 176). 0 man, do you wish to return? But if it is a matter of will, why do you plead?...  It is clear that the soul wishes to return but cannot; she is a wandering spirit which does not return...  For where does she get this will? Unless I am mistaken, it is from the visitation of the Word who has already sought her. That seeking has not been in vain, because it has made the will active, without which there can be no return.

But it is not enough to be sought once. The weakness of the soul is great and great is the difficulty of the return...  "For the will is in me," says Paul, "but I have no power to do good" (Rom 7, 18). What does the soul, in the Psalm  we quoted ask? Nothing but to be sought, for he would not seek unless he was sought, and he would not seek if he had been satisfied with the seeking.

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