As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
We spend so much time and energy thinking about the many things we need and the many more things we want. But what happens after we get them? After getting a job, paperwork must be completed. When a house is purchased, rooms need to be painted and moving plans need to be made. After getting a new electronic gadget, instructions need to be read.
But after being healed by Jesus – whether externally or internally – what happens next? Today’s gospel reading gives us some clues about what happens to people after they encounter Christ. After being healed, Simon’s mother-in-law got up and waited on Jesus and his friends (and possibly the “whole town”). After people were healed or demons driven out of them, “everyone” was looking for Jesus. After the apostles experienced others being healed, they “pursued” Jesus and followed him throughout the whole of Galilee.
Encounters with Jesus inspire us to more deeply seek out Jesus. This heart-felt yearning emboldens us to pursue Jesus, follow him wherever he leads, and serve others.
And perhaps, while following Jesus, we may go to our own deserted places and spend time in prayer.
—John Moriconi, S.J. is a Jesuit brother who serves as provincial secretary for the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit province.
“Love consists in sharing
what one has
and what one is
with those one loves.
Love ought to show itself in deeds
more than in words.”
—St. Ignatius Loyola
May my faith be seen and show itself today, in deeds, and not just words. Amen.