23rd Week in Ordinary Time

People sought to touch the Lord or even just His clothes, hoping for healing through Him. Proclaiming that the poor, the hungry, the distraught, and those despised because of Him were also blessed, Jesus sought to touch the hearts of His sometimes bewildered followers. Before the Crucifixion, Jesus entrusted care of His mother to a beloved Disciple. When we fall short of Jesus’ challenge to be merciful, just as the Father is merciful, can we at least give thanks for relationships in which we find that the more we love, the more forgiving we become?