After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them. As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!”
But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah. At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.
How amazing must Jesus’ presence have been for those who were healed in today’s Gospel! How grateful they must have felt for his healing power! In a time before modern medicine when death was more imminent than it is now, imagine the relief and elation they experienced when seeing the pain and suffering of their loved ones relieved. Imagine the liberation those possessed must have felt when the demons oppressing them were cast out. Jesus brought healing and hope.
Anyone who has seen a family member suffer through illness and addiction, the torment of a caustic relationship, or fear and helplessness in the face of evil forces, knows what those villagers were going through before Jesus came into their lives; how he transformed their lives in an instant. Who are those afflicted in our lives who need the healing and hope of Jesus the most? Take a moment today to bring them to Jesus in prayer.
—Sam Mauck is the Director of Catholic Campus & Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Memphis, which is a member of the Charis Ministries Partner Program.
Then the Lord will guide you always
and satisfy your thirst in parched places,
will give strength to your bones
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a flowing spring whose waters never fail.