Reading: Luke 4:38-44
Reflection: It didn’t take long, after Jesus’ proclamation of his mission in the Synagogue at Nazareth, for him to begin doing what he had said he would. Jesus knew that he had come to liberate people from everything that oppresses them, and so he set about setting people free. Just before today’s reading, we see Jesus casting out a demon. Now, he goes home with Simon and heals Simon’s sick mother-in-law. Then, as the whole village crowds around, Jesus liberates them from whatever afflicts them. But, it doesn’t end there.
The next day Jesus declares that he must go on to other towns and villages to liberate other people. His words – “because that is why I was sent” – are a clear indication of Jesus’ sense of purpose. He knew what he had come to do.
Unless you have experienced the difference between aimlessness and purpose, it is hard to understand the power of living a life in which we know what we are to do. When our lives are unfocussed, we become scattered and confused, and unsure of what to do or where to go. But, once we have found our calling, our purpose, every decision and action is guided by that focus.
But, remember that it took Jesus thirty years before he was ready to live his purpose out. It can take time to find our calling – but it’s always worth the work and the wait to find it. How clear is your sense of purpose? How can you allow your calling to direct you today? Or, how can you open yourself to clarify your calling a little more today?
Practice for Today: Jesus kept his sense of purpose strong by regularly spending time in quiet meditation and prayer, listening for God’s direction. Notice how in verse 42 Jesus did this. He also did it whenever he was facing an important moment or decision. Today, set aside some time to listen and meditate on God’s calling on your life.
Prayer for Today: I am listening for your call, O God – please guide me. . <