Twenty Second Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel: Lk 4: 38-44
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to Him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ. At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
THE MISSION OF JESUS HAS NO BOUNDARY: After leaving the Synagogues, Jesus encountered Simon Peter’s mother-in-law and cured her. Having been cured, she joined them for service. Jesus also cures many who were sick and possessed. At that period of time, the sick were considered impure and they were marginalized. However, Jesus could go to them, touch and heal them, driving evil spirits from the possessed. He did not allow the evil spirits to speak because they knew that He was Christ and that is why they said, “You are the Son of God”. As Christians, we are called to reach out to such as these. After this, because of what Jesus did, they wanted to keep him, but he had to go to other places because his mission was for all.
PRAYER: Lord, fill our heart with love for you.
HEALING FOR SERVICE OF THE LORD: Jesus Christ our Lord healed Simon’s mother-in-law by rebuking the fever which she had. She immediately began to wait on him. We have been evangelized to evangelize others through our lives, we have been healed in order to heal others through our presence, word of comfort, love and care. We have been comforted; therefore, we are called to comfort and to extend our solidarity with those who have no one to comfort and to listen to them. It is our gratitude to God for his blessings when we extend our generous helping hand to anyone those in need. Thus, the Lord will multiply his graces within us for the good of our brothers and sisters.