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Tuesday of the Twenty Second Week in Ordinary Time
I Corinthians 2:10B-16
Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13AB, 13CD-14
Luke 4:31-37
St. Paul declares ˈwe have the mind of Christˉ when we are in that
Spirit of God, who teaches us words about spiritual realities. The
Psalmist, inspired by the Spirit, praises God and calls upon all God˅s
creatures to give God thanks, for God is gracious, merciful, kind,
compassionate, inspiring in his glory and might, and ever faithful for
he lifts the falling and raises the bowed down. Jesus in Luke aston-
ishes by his teaching with authority and amazes by exorcising a de-
mon from a man in the synagogue.
Paul˅s proclamation that ˈwe have the mind of Christˉ astonished me.
A few years ago, that phrase, ˈthe mind of Christ,ˉ somehow entered
my silent prayers in this way: ˈAnd I pray for what I should be praying
for if I had the mind of Christ ˀ which I don˅t.ˉ The ˈwhich I don˅tˉ
admits that my prayers may not be consistent with the will of the Fa-
ther to whom I pray in the words Jesus taught us. It is Jesus Christ,
who forgives me my willfulness that does not serve God, converts me
to serve the will of the Father, and transforms my imperfect prayers
into his divine work.
I don˅t have the mind of Christ. But we do, says Paul, when ˈwe are
in that Spirit of God.ˉ This is exciting. As Matthew (18:20) writes,
whenever, ˈtwo or three have gathered together in My name, I am
there in their midst." To me, this means more than showing up at