As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Ten days into 2018, I am thinking not about new resolutions, but about how to do better what I am already doing. How can I better follow Jesus? I am struck by the response to Jesus of all who encounter him in today’s Gospel.
Upon seeing Simon’s mother-in-law, the disciples “told him about her at once.” Jesus acts – after their show of trust. He does not heal until he is invited in.
The response of the one who is healed is service: “she began to serve them.”
When the disciples alert Jesus of the town’s needs, His response informs our call: “Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also.” Once we have experienced healing and grown in trust, we cannot keep Jesus to ourselves. We must take not only loved ones to Him in confidence, but all the world.
This year, what or whom can you entrust to Jesus?
—Rachel Forton is the Marketing & Retreat Coordinator for Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL.
Jesus, I place my life in Your hands.
I give You my mind, my thoughts, my desires;
I give You my heart and all whom I hold dearest;
I give You my actions and the work of my hands today.
Increase my trust and hope in You. Amen.