August 31, 2016
The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
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 (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)
In the age of modern technology, state of the art equipment and medical advancement in the market, the option to resort to alternative medicines for preventive and curative measure is gaining popularity. I have noticed the increase of health-related television shows in major TV networks as well as listened to radio programs in promoting alternative approaches in addressing physical illness. This includes an integral approach that will gradually change the way we live, eat, think, act and behave.
The Gospel Reading for today presents to us how Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law who was afflicted with fever and other sick people in Capernaum with various diseases. It tells us a certain movement that Jesus did to heal the sick. First, was the act of family members to bring to Jesus their request for healing. It meant that the person was fully aware of his illness. Second, was Jesus’ act of standing and laying his hands over them. And third, was Jesus’ act of rebuking the illness through His “words” that cured them.
All of us have been wounded in one way or another either emotionally, physically and spiritually. Some of us may have been hurt because of our weaknesses and limitations. Others because of unfulfilled expectations, stressful lifestyle, unjust conditions in life or bad habits leading to physical abuse and deterioration. That is why all of us need to be healed in the different aspects of our life. The healing process will only commence when we have identified and accepted that we are wounded and we need Jesus to heal us. If we only realize that in our deep and sincere desire to ask God for forgiveness and healing, Jesus is already standing in front of us, awaiting to embrace us and ever ready to utter His words of “love and mercy”. Interior healing happens when peace and positive outlook radiates from within because of the forgiveness and mercy we have experienced from our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer.