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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

“He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ The others at table said to themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’” (Luke 7:48-50)

Today we read in Luke of Jesus dining with a certain Pharisee and of a sinful woman who joined them. Jesus is teaching of love, forgiveness and faith. The last verse is very powerful. “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

This made me think of the recent border crossing into the United States of many children seeking freedom and safety from gangs in their home countries. I can’t imagine the faith it must take to send your children alone on a long journey knowing you most likely will never see them again. Now that takes faith! I am concerned as many of you are about sending our kids to kindergarten, high school or off to college. Imagine the faith these families have to send their children alone to another country. I feel very blessed to be part of the Avera healing ministry, and in order to serve those in need of our care, I need to be reminded daily of the words: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Dear Lord,

thank You for the gift of life.

We are grateful for the many blessing You provide daily.

Remind us to be faithful servants of Your ministry.

Guide our healing hands to serve those in need.

In Jesus’ Name we pray.


David Erickson, MD
Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, Avera

1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11 • PSALM 118:1B-2, 16AB-17, 28• LUKE 7:36-50

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