Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Reflection: Luke 4:38-44

Wednesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time – Luke 4:38-44

Today’s Gospel contains several “healing” stories. The first story is Jesus healing Simon’s mother-in-law, who was afflicted with a serious fever. When Jesus heard this news, he immediately went to her, rebuked the fever and she was healed. She must have been instantly restored since the Gospel says that she “got up” and served the apostles!

However, this was not the end of Jesus’ ministry that day. At sunset, Luke says that “all the people who were sick with a variety of diseases were brought to Jesus” for healing. Jesus took compassion on them and “laid hands on them.” What a great gift it would be if Jesus was physically in our midst today and we could bring to him the many people who yearn for healing. Most likely, each one of us would be vying to be first in line! Perhaps the call of this Gospel is for us to pray and to “lay hands” on those in need with our care and concern. This too is gift!

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