Principal’s Message: Week of September 25, 2016
26th Week of Ordinary Time
Dear St. Luke Families,
"...Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice. 'For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'" ~ Matthew 9:12-13
Rahma, karuna, soucit, la miséricorde—whether said in Arabic, Bengali, Czech, French, or any of the other nearly 7,000 languages spoken on earth—are words beautiful to my ears.
Mercy. Let it settle in your spirit for a moment...mercy. Pope Francis declared this year as A Year of Mercy!
Matthew was a Jew who worked for the Roman forces and collected taxes from other Jews. He wasn't exactly the most popular man on the block and was labeled a sinner by the Pharisees, someone unworthy to chum around with the great rabbi. So, what does this new recruit to Jesus' cause do? The member of the original 12 invites our Lord to his house to dine with more "sinners," thereby inadvertently getting Him in more trouble with those who want to eliminate Him!
We read the account of nine separate miracles in Matthew's eighth and ninth chapters. Leprosy, similar to modern-day AIDS when first discovered, was seen as a consequence of sin. What disease do you think our Lord chose to heal first? He even touched the leper who had been isolated from all human contact. The leprosy was not healed, but rather "cleansed" as translated from Greek.
Friends, can we recognize the disease in our own souls, that which needs to be healed by the Great Physician? The mercy that Christ shows to those who are willing to look deep within fulfills His promise that He will forgive all who repent and ask for forgiveness. Christ died for our sins; we have an iron-clad guarantee that He will cleanse us from them. If we could only recognize our faults, exposing them to the light of day instead of hiding them or explaining them away, we would find true mercy waiting for us.
I hope all of you can make it this Saturday evening for our St. Luke’s Ohana Luau! I look forward to seeing you!