January 11, 2017
Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before dawn,
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.
REFLECTION (Sem. Rodel D.O. Aclan)
Christian faith introduces God as a personal God. He is always near to us. He is ever attentive to our needs and is always ready to hear our prayers to Him. His care of us is so personal and He Himself attends to our needs.
I believe the Gospel today gives witness to this. Jesus, upon learning that the mother-in –law of Simon is sick with fever, “approached, grasped her hand and helped her up”.
I believe these actions of Jesus of approaching, grasping and helping in standing up of Simon’s mother-in-law serves as a template of action to a Christian especially in our present time.
We need to approach. Many of those who are in need are not capable of looking or even bringing themselves to the right people for help. As Christians, we should look for them and approach them. But it is not enough that we are before their presence or them in ours, we need to make them feel the warmth of our hands. They must feel the grip of our embrace. It is only then that we can help them to stand up in their dire situation.
But this example of Jesus is easier said than done. It is a challenge to make our presence and help to others a personal one with all our sincerity and care for them. I remember how many times I gave alms and extended help to somebody in need. I have to admit, many of those times, I failed to imitate Jesus.
I realized that I was giving alms and help but my heart was not really near to them. I was impelled not by love but by religious and social obligation, I was not able to make them feel the warm of my hands. I was not able to inspire them to stand up and hope for a better life.
Nowadays, there is a growing gap between the peoples. It seems that we are becoming more distant to one another even in the advent of modern technology that would allow us to be connected to each other even if we are world apart.
Of the seven billion people in our planet, there are still many who feel that they are alone, isolated, distant to others even those who lived, worked and socialized side by side with other people. And they feel miserable and sick because of it.
Hence, as Christians, it is upon our shoulders to take the initiative, approach them, grasp their hand and help them stand up. Be a Jesus to them.