Daily Office Readings for Monday of the Third Week of Lent: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 80; Evening, Psalm 77;
“Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.” (Mark 5: 25)
Jesus was on his way to heal a child when this hemorrhaging woman acted from her faith and touched Jesus and was healed. So our Lord Jesus, while on his way to do a good work, did an additional good work. In the Cursillo movement we call this an “unexpected opportunity.”
Opportunities to do unexpected good works abound. Our Lord Jesus models for us that there will be people in need all around. We may not know them but they need us. They come to us from their faith, trusting in God to work through us for what they need. These are unexpected opportunities. Had not our Lord Jesus been going to do a good work already, the woman in need may not have ever crossed his path. The same is true for us today. As we go about our business to do good, God will put people in our path who need us. From that point on, God is watching us, to see how we might respond. Remember, it is their faith in God working through you that works in, and for them.
Today we need to be open and receptive to the needs of the Ukrainian people. As America is on her way to Covid recovery, good work, we are presented with an unexpected opportunity in terms of helping the Ukrainian people. We must take a page from Jesus’ playbook and stand up for Ukraine and her people dispersed throughout the world. It is and unexpected opportunity and the right thing to do.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John