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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 4, 2019

Wednesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time


Col 1: 1-8

Psalm 52:10, 11

Lk 4:38-44

 

Gospel Reading

 

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.

 

 

Reflection

 

Faith of Simon Peter

 

Today we have a beautiful passage for reflection. It comes just after the description of the healing of the demoniac in the synagogue of Capernaum. Jesus might have been invited by Simon Peter to his house for overnight stay. Gradually that house became a resting place for Jesus in his Galilean ministry.

 

As soon as Jesus reached there, Simon led him to the bed of his mother in law who was bed ridden with high fever. “The term Luke uses here for high fever is an actual diagnoses for a well-known fever at that time, also called EshathaTsemirta, or the “burning fever”. The Jewish Talmud prescribed the following remedy: one must take a knife made of iron and tie it to a thorn bush with a braid of hair and then for four days, recite one verse a day from Exodus 3:2-5. On the fourth day, the bush is to be cut down, and a formula should be pronounced.”

 

Peter did not expect Jesus to do any of these ‘ceremonies’ and ‘rubrics’ to get rid of the fever. He just trusted the power of Jesus that He could heal. And of course that trust was rewarded. Jesus went to the bed side, and held the hands of the woman (as Mathew and Mark would put it) and simply rebuked the fever as if he was rebuking a truant boy. Immediately she was healed. My question to myself when I read this passage is: Do I have the faith of Simon – the simple unassuming faith that puts the whole trust in the hands of Jesus. Jesus is same yesterday, today and tomorrow. When people ask me to put my hands on their head and pray when they are sick, do I have the same faith as Simon Peter that Jesus will surely work through my hands?

 

The mother in law was healed immediately. She got up and started serving Jesus. The healing enabled her to do the service. That is one clear sign of the healing. True healing will strengthen the person to do more and more service. When I request Jesus to heal me, remember, this is the condition Jesus puts forward to me. I should get up and serve him and his people. My abilities and whatever the Lord grants me, are not meant for my personal enjoyment. It is for the enrichment of the community.

 

The news of the healing spread to the nearby places. As soon as the Sabbath got over people started thronging to the house of Peter with all the sick in their houses. Jesus did not refuse any body’s request. He went out to the yard and laid his hands on each one of them and healed them. Really a hectic schedule for Jesus that went on till late night! But early in the morning Jesus got up and went to a lonely place to be with the heavenly father. The ministry was to be continued. The power house for that was the communion with the Father. Without the communion with Him the ministry could not be continued. Do I have the same attitude of Jesus? Many a time due to the hectic schedule of the day, we forget to call upon the Lord. Let me sleep a bit more; let me rest for a while; I shall do my prayers on the way; the lord will understand my busy schedule… Thus go our excuses. Let us learn from Jesus.

 

Dr Martin Mallathu CMI


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