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St. Junipero Serra

Genesis 18:1-15
Luke 1:46-50, 53-55
Matthew 8:5-17

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“My serving boy is at home in bed paralyzed.” —Matthew 8:6

Jesus came not to be served but to serve (Mt 20:28). As followers of Jesus, we too come to serve others by providing for both their physical and spiritual needs. Like Jesus, we wash the feet of others and commit ourselves to live and even die in love and service (Jn 13:5).

Nevertheless, many of us are out of action, that is, “out of service.” Like Peter’s mother-in-law and the centurion’s serving boy, we are “in bed with a fever” (Mt 8:14) or “at home in bed paralyzed, suffering painfully” (Mt 8:6).

We need faith by which we let Jesus return us to service (see Mt 8:10ff). “Is anything too marvelous for the Lord to do?” (Gn 18:14) “Nothing is impossible with God” (Lk 1:37). The Lord can take the worst sinners and most broken people and make them serviceable. In Christ and in faith, we are “in service” no matter what.

“The harvest is rich but the workers are few” (Lk 10:2). St. Teresa of Avila said that God has no feet but our feet, no hands but our hands, no tongue but our tongues. The Lord needs servants through which to serve. By faith, accept God’s grace to “join the service.”

Prayer:  Father, by Your grace and by faith I will serve till death and beyond.

Promise:  “It was our infirmities He bore, our sufferings He endured.” —Mt 8:17

Praise:  St. Junipero led over six thousand people to Jesus and Baptism.

Reference:  (For related teachings on healing, view, download or order our booklet Healing: The Imitation of Christ, or listen to, download or order How to Heal in Jesus’ Name starting with CD 11A-1 or DVD 11A on our website.)

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