Healing of Mother-in-law

Luke 4: 38-44
Col 1:1-8 / Psa 52

I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.
(Luke 4:43)

Jesus showed His great compassion
Curing all kinds of affliction.
Let’s continue His healing mission
By praying for other’s salvation.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So He bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying His hands on each one, He healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew He was the Christ. At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them. But He said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4: 38-44)

Reflection

Just as He cast out the evil spirit earlier in the synagogue with a simple command, Jesus also rebuked the high fever of Simon’s mother-in-law, and she was likewise healed. We see the power of God’s word in Jesus, His Word made flesh. He displayed this “verbal” power in other instances, even by long distance, such as the healing of the Centurion’s servant (Mt.8:13), and the Canaanite woman’s daughter (Mt.15:28). Jesus could have used this same method of healing to all who came to Peter’s door, and in fact to all the sick people throughout Judea, tired as He was after preaching in the synagogue and dealing with the demoniac. But this was clearly not His preferred manner of healing. Full of compassion, He went out to the masses of sick people, and laid His hands on them to heal them. Full of love for them, Jesus worked all night, hardly taking a rest, because at daybreak He went to a solitary place to pray.

Much as He was needed to finish His healing in Capernaum, Jesus knew He had a more important mission to attend to, and that was to “preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent” (Lk.4:43). The healing of the spirit took precedence over the healing of the body. Our Lord knew He only had a very limited time to accomplish the purpose for which He was sent by the Father, and His ministry of healing was certainly not His main calling, but a corollary of His Messiahship. Jesus came to heal the world of its sinful infection. As we often read in some of the Gospel narratives, Jesus would say, “Your sins are forgiven” before He cured the afflicted person. This was because the ailment could be just the symptom of the more virulent disorder, which was sin. Like the prophets Jonah and John the Baptist who preceded Him, the main message that our Lord Jesus delivered to the world was, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!” This is the Good News in today’s Gospel that Jesus wants to convey.,

Like Simon’s predicament, we also resorted to prayers for my ailing mother-in-law, who suffered a brain hemorrhage some years ago. My wife stayed with her in a hospital in San Pablo, Laguna, and would have stayed longer if her condition had not improved. I believed in God’s compassion, and in the power of prayers, so we asked our community at that time to pray for her complete recovery. She had been bedridden once due to a sciatic nerve inflammation, but her condition had improved even without medication, through the power of prayers alone. And for the second time, our Lord again answered our prayers. How wonderful is our God indeed!

Lord Jesus, with just a word from You, illness goes away, and the afflicted at once recovers. Grant that thru our prayers and petitions, our sick loved ones may be healed and fully recover, to serve You and be witnesses of Your great love. Amen.

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