Father David Daly, LC
Jesus journeyed from
one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming
the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying
him were the Twelve and some women who had been
cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene,
from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the
wife of Herod´s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.
Lord Jesus, I believe that you came into this
world to redeem sinners. I hope in you and in
your power to transform my soul, by your grace,
from sinfulness to holiness. Lord, I love you and offer
you the longings of my heart to put you
truly first in my life. I want to love
you with all my mind, heart, soul and strength.
Petition: Jesus, teach me to live universal charity.
Him Were the Twelve.” In this rather commonplace phrase
from the Gospel, we perceive Jesus’ universal charity. He
chose his twelve apostles from many different backgrounds. Most of
them probably would not have been friends were it
not for Christ. Matthew was a tax collector; Peter,
James and John, fisherman. Judas was more “sophisticated” than
the rest. Yet, Jesus called them all to be his
closest collaborators. As a result, they would come to
cooperate with and appreciate each other. When Christ is
at the center of any relationship, differences can not only
be overcome, they can become points of strength as
2. Mary, Called Magdalene: Not only did he choose
men to be his close collaborators, but as the Gospel
says there were also “women who provided for him
out of their resources.” Jesus assigned them different roles,
but he saved and transformed their lives all the same.
We think of Mary Magdalene as a close friend
of Christ, but we should also remember that he
transformed her, with the power of God’s grace, by expelling
seven demons from her.
3. The Wife of Herod’s
Steward: Another of the women following Jesus was “Joanna,
the wife of Herod’s steward.” It is amazing to
realize that the Gospel took root even in the midst
of the fiefdom of Herod, a man who had
absolutely no esteem for our Lord. We, then, should
never ‘write someone off.’ Prayer, sacrifice, and charity can be
effective means for the worst sinner’s conversion. Jesus’ message
was capable of inspiring followers in all societal conditions
and groupings. Similarly, we are called to build the
Kingdom at all levels of our secularized world.
with Christ: Lord Jesus Christ, you give
us the example of unconditional love for each and every
person. You do not care what our background is
or how many sins we have committed. Your mercy
is infinite and everlasting! Thank you for your love. I
beg you to teach me to love without limits.
Resolution: I promise to practice universal charity today
by being kind to someone with whom I do not