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Tuesday, September 12, 2000

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1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Psalm 149
Luke 6:12-19

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conflicting reports

"Those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured; indeed, the whole crowd was trying to touch Him because power went out from Him which cured all." —Luke 6:18-19

Luke has just finished recounting five fights the religious leaders had with Jesus. They got upset with Jesus over the observance of the sabbath, fasting, the company He kept, and claiming authority to forgive sins. At the end of round five, the religious leaders "became frenzied and began asking one another what could be done to Jesus" (Lk 6:11).

Natural responses to a barrage of complaints and accusations are disturbance, fear, resentment, and/or withdrawal. Instead, Jesus responded by "spending the night in communion with God" (Lk 6:12), selecting the twelve apostles (Lk 6:13), and healing the sick (Lk 6:19).

We should respond to a barrage of conflicts in the same way Jesus did. We must not be perturbed but remain calm so that we "will be able to pray" (1 Pt 4:7). When we're going through the agony in the garden, we must take a long time to pray. We should also select others to support us in prayer, even if this exposes us to further rejection. Finally, we should forget about our own hurts and, although wounded, reach out to heal others.

Prayer:  Jesus, give me the grace to make a supernatural response to conflicts.

Promise:  "You have been washed, consecrated, justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." —1 Cor 6:11

Praise:  Phil kept his faith after the death of his father and brother.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, March 8, 2000

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 9, 2000