July 1, 2017
Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Matthew 8:5-17

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the centurion,
“You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
And at that very hour his servant was healed.

Jesus entered the house of Peter,
and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, the fever left her,
and she rose and waited on him.

When it was evening, they brought him many
who were possessed by demons,
and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

He took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.

REFLECTION (Sem. Alfredo O. Dimaano, Jr.)

Part of the earthly ministry of Jesus was healing. The Gospel today presents three accounts of this: the centurion’s servant, Peter’s mother-in-law, and those possessed by demons. The healing ministry may be a busy and tiring ministry. Imagine that all those were performed by Jesus in just a day! But the reason why he was sent by the Father was clear to Him- to bring redemption to the people and so, moved by mercy and compassion, he granted them cure.

In these accounts, the healings were made possible because of the requests of people close to those who were ill: the centurion, Peter, and the townspeople of Capernaum. As Jesus was clear with His mission, so were these “intercessors” who knew that they can rely on Jesus.

In the Filipino language, request or wish is termed as “hiling”, which sounds like healing. This tells me that healing is possible only when I fervently ask and request the Lord through prayer. To make a request is to hope that the one whom I am asking help from will give a positive response, but still out of his generosity. I have hope because the one to whom I am requesting is Jesus, the Lord and Saviour who “took away our infirmities and bore our diseases” (Isaiah 53:7) on the Cross.

I have been a witness to the many healings that the Lord has done to me and my family. The “hilings” were truly turned into healing, not only physically but also spiritually. The heartaches caused by broken relationships were replaced by forgiveness, the wounds of division were substituted by understanding and unity, especially in my family.

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