Wednesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time/ September 1, 2021
Gospel: Luke 4:38-44
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus heals Peter’s elderly mother-in-law. She was severely sick with fever. Jesus stood over her, rebuked the fever and it immediately left her. Then, when she got up, she served them.
Here we can see the continuous healing of Jesus towards those who need most. In the gospel after Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, at sunset, people who were sick flocked at Him, and He cured them all even those who were possessed by demons. Demons were shouting about Jesus’ identity that “HE is the Son of God” as they came out from those bodies they had possessed. Moreover, Jesus did not end His healing ministry on that area, rather, He left immediately without delay to also proclaim to other towns and villages about the God’s reign.
What the Lord wants us to remember in today’s Gospel is His compassionate and Loving heart who takes care of everyone by healing and proclamation. He wants us to understand that He never abandons us, that He is always with us, doing everything for our healing and salvation. This time that we are suffering from the pandemic, we are encouraged by the Lord to strengthen our faith in Him, for He alone can heal and save us. The virus may destroy many lives, but it will never destroy our faith in the Lord who gives us eternal life.
Friends, we are receiving every day the healing power of the Lord’s compassionate and loving heart. We are receiving it through our families, relatives, friends, loved ones, or through the Mother Church and Her sacred ministers. We are receiving it without knowing that we are given already the gift and the grace. The Challenge for us is; how do we respond to the grace given by the Lord Jesus?
May we serve God and our brethren like Peter’s Mother-in-law who gratefully waited after her healing.
Abba, You gave us example how to serve You and our brothers and sisters through Jesus and Peter’s mother-in-law, may we who imitate them, serve You also with a grateful and joyful hearts. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.