After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the
house of Simon. Simon´s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe
fever, and they interceded with him about her. He
stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left
her. She got up immediately and waited on them. At
sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases
brought them to him. He laid his hands on
each of them and cured them. And demons also came
out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of
God." But he rebuked them and did not allow
them to speak because they knew that he was the
Christ. At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a
deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and
when they came to him, they tried to prevent him
from leaving them. But he said to them, "To
the other towns also I must proclaim the good news
of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose
I have been sent." And he was preaching in
the synagogues of Judea.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for
coming into my house. I am honored that you
wish to stop by even when I don’t call for
you. I am extremely grateful for the personal attention
that you give me, especially when I am ill
and in need of your grace.
Petition: Lord, cure me
of my spiritual ailments so I may serve you
1. Christ Raises Us Up: There is a certain
matter-of-factness about the cure in this Gospel passage: no
special words of Jesus, no words of thanks, no
reaction of the people. It is as if Jesus simply
and routinely entered a home and helped a very
sick woman up and out of bed. Not your
typical miracle that draws a lot of attention. While we
hope for that long-awaited miracle in our lives, we
might be overlooking one of these very ordinary cures
that Christ often offers us. In the spiritual realm, it
may be a good confession, receiving him in the
Eucharist, spiritual guidance, or a regular examination of conscience.
In the physical realm, it may be just taking
good care of my health by eating or sleeping properly.
We don’t need to demand a special cure. Rather
we must be encouraged that Christ has directed his gaze
2. He Helps Us to Our Feet: Notice
how quickly everything happens in today’s Gospel. Christ
helps Simon’s mother-in-law to her feet immediately. She cooperates without
skepticism or words of protest. She believes in Christ.
His grace is effective. The cure is complete and
instantaneous. He allows us to stand up on our own
and resume our duties.
3. He Cures Us So That
We Might Serve: We are very good about pleading
to Christ for cures, yet frequently hassled when he
sends us the “bill” — namely that of serving others.
Simon’s mother-in-law immediately begins to serve Christ, who has
put her back on her feet. She immediately forgets
about herself –– her problems, how she feels, how much
time her sickness has set her back –– and
instead focuses on the needs of others. Jesus raises
up Christians from the death of sin and calls upon
them to serve. Christians are risen people whose vocation
is to serve.
Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord,
everybody is looking for you. You have put me back
on my feet and have asked me to imitate
your life of service. Help me to be generous with
the life you have restored in me so that
I, too, might put the interests of your Kingdom above
my personal plans.
Resolution: I will earnestly ask
Christ to cure me of my most dominant defect,
taking one concrete step in acquiring its opposing virtue.