Thoughts on Jan 16, 2019 Gospel Reading
Excerpt from today’s Gospel reading:
“On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”
This passage really struck me as the thought of Jesus as Divine Physician rang through my mind. In the past, I had wondered why Simon’s mother-in-law would be so quick to get up and wait on her son and his friends. Was she just being hospitable? I contend this is a lesson for all of us. She was just given a gift by the Son of God. So, what did she do with it? She immediately put it to the service of the Giver.
We are born just as afflicted as this woman. Steeped in sin. Each of us has been subsequently cleansed in Baptism, sealed by the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, and consistently fed by the Bread of Life. What are we doing with these gifts? How many are we leaving unused….or even still wrapped up within ourselves?
The Divine Physician has healed us for a purpose, just as Simon’s mother-in-law. The question is are we getting up and putting His gifts to use in His service? The fever is gone….the veil has been lifted….the world is waiting to be saved….what are you going to do about it?