Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

September 4, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Colossians 1:1:8

Psalm 52:10-11

Luke 4:38-44

Today’s Gospel is a series of poignant scenes that are warmly real and deeply human.  One of Jesus’ closest friends, Simon Peter, has a mother-in-law who is gravely ill.  Would Jesus come and see her?  We can safely assume that in the small geographical world in which they lived, Jesus knew her and had been in her home with Simon, his wife, and probably others.  Knowing the culture, Jesus had most likely received her “hospitality” (food/drink/rest) in the past.  Of course he wanted to help.  I can imagine that He held her hand as He stood close to her bed, spoke to her softly and then healed her.  Then she did what most symbolized that she was back to her normal self; “She rose and waited on them.”

As the day ended, the sick and diseased were still coming to Jesus, begging and calling for a cure.  We can only imagine the crowds of family and friends who struggled to bring their loved ones to Jesus so they too could be healed.  Even after a very long day Jesus remained with them.  We can only wonder how many were cured that day.  Perhaps after they were healed they too stood up from their stretchers and began to serve in the way they were each called by God.

St. Paul tells us, “We are God’s co-workers.”  Each of us has been loved into life by God and touched with the sacred spark of humanity.  And most importantly, each of us has a unique calling in this life to be a co-worker for God. 

Question of the Day:  Will I help heal other by bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to others?

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, please give me the strength and courage today to be your co-worker.  Help me to see with your eyes so that I cherish others.  Guide me to listen with your compassionate ears and to speak with your healing voice.  Help me to open my eyes to your loving presence next to me as you hold out your hand, smile at me with your deep, loving eyes and raise me to healing. 



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