JAN. 13. ORDINARY TIME (B) WK. 1. WED. MK. 1. 29-39
Updated: Jul 24
On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.
That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.
In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.
Fortunately for us Christ not only taught and died for his followers, but he also cured them of their infirmities, no matter what form they took. In this reading Simon’s mother had a fever which he removed on the spot; - but then when he went out to the crowds “he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; - and he also cast out many devils!”
As sinners, we should give thanks for Christ’s readiness to care for our individual failings and sicknesses, which we are only too well aware of, and we need to put our trust in this readiness, and merciful Love, and acknowledge our sinful conditions!
This is a much more truthful approach than the alternative, which is to profess we are in good health, and free of sinful conditions, as we know in our hearts that, if we take this approach to our earthly life, we are deceiving ourselves!
“He went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils!” We can take comfort in Christ’s Merciful Love which led him to reveal to us that he “came to call sinners, not the Saints” as it means we can “own” our sinfulness and failings, rather than saying, or believing, we are in a good state of health!
Christ wants us to “come to him” and acknowledge our conditions, and not only come to him but, as he has made clear on many occasions, but more importantly to “have Faith in him” that he has both the ability and Merciful Love to forgive us and cure our infirmities!
Sadly, we are often slow and reluctant to admit our various “conditions”, preferring to imagine we are healthy and in no need of healing, but we know in our hearts that we are deceiving ourselves with this approach; - which is built on Pride and Self-love!
Christ wants us to go to him with our various needs and conditions, and to have Faith and Trust in his Love, and this pleases him much more than the soul who denies he is in poor health, and believes he has no need of God’s mercy or healing!
The person who goes to Christ, with a humble and trusting heart, admitting his human condition, will be cured at a time of God’s choosing; - not so the self-professed “healthy” soul!
Gospel Acclamation Jn10:27
My sheep listen to my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.