A Life for Others

September 6, 2017
Wednesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 4:38-44

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 a world where “selfie” has become popular and “individualism” has been the mindset of many, reality will still confront us that we cannot live on our own. No man or woman is an island. We are all called to live, to belong, and to share life with one another either in a community, group and family. This is important because the meaning of life is deepened through our interaction and relationship with one another. It may not always be a smooth sailing journey but we become who we really are in the context of communion with one another.

In the Gospel for today, St. Luke presents to us how the mother-in-law of Simon was healed by Jesus. “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” (Lk 4:38-44).

A person who has severe fever or any illness would need someone to be with; a neighbor who will take care and assist a person undergoing physical pain towards the process of recovery and healing. If this is true in our physical sickness, experience will teach us that this is also true in our emotional and spiritual struggles. We all need someone to be with us in our personal struggles, pains, challenges and difficulties in life. A good question to ask ourselves is how I see myself being a neighbor or a friend to someone who is in severe pain. The invitation for us is to really have a genuine motivation in extending help to others especially the needs of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We should become men and women for others, regardless of our condition and status in life. Concretely, this can be done when we intercede for them through a challenging endeavor by being charitable, available, considerate, understanding and forgiving. But more importantly, silent and unnoticed intercessions are effectively done through prayers and sacrifices. In the end, our life will reflect who we are and how we have become true witnesses and disciples of Christ when we live not only for ourselves, but more so, for others.

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