I Turn to You, Lord, in Time of Trouble, And You Fill Me with the Joy of Salvation

There is a particular preface (the prayer before we sing Holy, Holy, Holy) that we can choose when we celebrate mass and are offering the mass for various needs that is entitled, "Jesus Who Went About Doing Good." Lately, I have been inclined to use this beautiful preface when I contemplate the gospel and think of the mercy of Jesus and his closeness to us in our daily lives. There is a part that reads: He always showed compassion for children and for the poor, for the sick and for sinners, and he became a neighbor to the oppressed and the afflicted. Byword and deed he announced to the world that you are our Father and that you care for all your sons and daughters. I think that these words echo the actions of Jesus in last week’s gospel and in this Sunday’s gospel.
There is no doubt "Jesus is merciful and He is with us." The almighty hand of Jesus is upon us; he takes us by the hand and raises us up. He has the power to heal us and restore our lives. If he did it for those who were in need during biblical times, he is doing it for you today, for all of us. His mercy sustains us.
Today's psalm is the plea of those who seek God's help in time of trouble. It is a plea made in faith with the total certainty that he listens and stretches out his powerful hand to rescue us. We have this faith in our heart. We are those who come to him as the leper did in the gospel and request that he heal us, free us, save us. He is not deaf to our cry and he will answer mercifully. So let us come to his presence and as a faithful community let us praise him and give homage to him, offering with generosity what we are and have.
Jesus, we trust in you!
May the Lord and the Blessed Mother bless you and keep you in his love and grace.

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