1st Week in Ordinary Time
1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20; Psalm 40:2, 5, 7-10;Mark 1:29-39
The fever left her and she waited on them. (Mark 1:31)
Imagine Simon’s mother-in-law and her friend chatting over tea. “What happened at your house the other day?” the friend asked.
Simon’s mother-in-law said, “Well, I was pretty sick. I had a high fever, my whole body ached, and all I wanted to do was rest. But Jesus came into my room anyway and held my hand. Moments later, I felt so good that I began to make lunch for Simon and his friends. I was so excited by what happened that I had to get out and tell other people about it.
“I’ve discovered—both from my experience and from talking to other people—that when you meet Jesus, something happens inside of you. You can’t help but act. That day, I did what I know how to do best. I didn’t feel obligated; I could have kept lying in bed, but when you feel that kind of love, you just want to find ways to love people in return.
“I think that the love just starts to spill over. At least that’s what happened that day. Word got out that Jesus had come to visit, and by nightfall the house was filled with sick or unhappy people, and he touched them all.
“What was unusual for me was that I didn’t mind all these strangers at my door. Normally, I would be cautious, but something changed in me that day, and I felt a new kinship with these people whom I had never met. Some of them I may not have even liked before then, but it didn’t matter. We were all looking for the same thing. We had all been brought together by a desire to be with Jesus. They felt like long-lost brothers and sisters, and I had no problem welcoming them.”
“So that’s all?” her friend asked. “You felt his love when he healed you, and that made you open your door to other people, and they were healed as well?”
“Yes. I know it sounds silly, but that’s what happened. And it’s happened for so many other people. You should try to find Jesus yourself. It’s amazing what he can do!”
“I’ve got to find him! There are so many things I need help with.”
“Lord, touch every heart with your healing love. Move us all to serve one another.”~WAU