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SEPTEMBER 1. Ord Time B. Wk 22. Wed. Lk 4. 38-44

Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever and they asked him to do something for her. Leaning over her he rebuked the fever and it left her. And she immediately got up and began to wait on them.


At sunset all those who had friends suffering from diseases of one kind or another brought them to him, and laying his hands on each he cured them. Devils too came out of many people, howling, ‘You are the Son of God.’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.


When daylight came he left the house and made his way to a lonely place. The crowds went to look for him, and when they had caught up with him they wanted to prevent him leaving them, but he answered, ‘I must proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.’ And he continued his preaching in the synagogues of Judaea.


The aim of Christ performing so many miracles in front of the Apostles was the same as it was for the crowds that followed him, as well as for us; - to strengthen one’s faith. Seeing all these miracles must certainly have convinced the apostles and disciples of the truth of Christ’s message, and so it bolstered their faith in their teacher.


Without miracles faith would not have spread throughout the world at the time, and if there had been no resurrection; - the greatest miracle of all; - there would be no faith and no church. Christ’s miracles always had a purpose; - and they were directed towards deepening the faith of his followers together; - together with promoting the growth of the Church.


In yesterday’s reading he cast out a devil from a man with an evil spirit, while today he directed a high fever to leave Peter’s mother, and immediately she was able to rise and begin to serve her visitors.


Recovery from illness is very common, but it is equally rare for someone who has been sick to suddenly be able to rise and move around with no sign of the illness, so this cure would also have been a powerful lesson to all those who observed it.


Any disciple who witnessed multiple miracles by Jesus would have begun to form a deep faith; - but in today’s gospel Peter’s mother was not the only one to be cured: -


“At sunset all those who had friends suffering from diseases of one kind or another brought them to him, and laying his hands on each he cured them. Devils too came out of many people, howling, ‘You are the Son of God.’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.”


And after all this involvement with his disciples and with the crowds, which we are told went on throughout the night, we are then informed about what Jesus then did in the early hours of the morning; -When daylight came he left the house and made his way to a lonely place.” He went away, by himself, to give time to prayer and worship of the Father!


Something that we can do ourselves, but sadly the practice of withdrawing ourselves from our daily activities; - in order to give time to prayer; - is still a practice without many followers?


Gospel Acclamation Lk4:18


Alleluia, alleluia!

The Lord sent me to bring Good News to the poor

and freedom to prisoners.

Alleluia!


First reading Colossians 1:1-8 ·

The message of the truth has reached you and is spreading all over the world


From Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy to the saints in Colossae, our faithful brothers in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.


We have never failed to remember you in our prayers and to give thanks for you to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever since we heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you show towards all the saints because of the hope which is stored up for you in heaven. It is only recently that you heard of this, when it was announced in the message of the truth. The Good News which has reached you is spreading all over the world and producing the same results as it has among you ever since the day when you heard about God’s grace and understood what this really is. Epaphras, who taught you, is one of our closest fellow workers and a faithful deputy for us as Christ’s servant, and it was he who told us all about your love in the Spirit.







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