Today’s Thoughts: In our Gospel today, we continue watching Jesus in the early days of his public life. He is curing people helping them to overcome illnesses which are preventing them from living life fully.
In today’s snapshot Simon’s mother-in-law, after being touched by Jesus, rises from her bed of fever and to begin being the host that she has always been in the past. So many more are healed that Jesus needs to get always, he needs to find some alone time, he needs to pray. However, his friends, his disciple search him out because everybody in town was looking for Him. But Jesus wants to push on. The Good News needs to be proclaimed to all. Jesus’ mission, his purpose, the meaning of his life is to be and to live the Good News. He does not do what is usual, Jesus does the unusual too. In other words, Jesus does not just do what is expected he does the unexpected too.
Often, we, as people of faith, are called to continue the unusual, the unexpected ways of Jesus. Jesus did not come into the world to be celebrated and attract people to a worldly cult of physical healing and wellness. Yes, he healed but only to help people get beyond what was holding them back from becoming all God had created them to be. Jesus healed not to make someone feel better but, so they could become an active part of the community of faith.
Jesus as a healer was not unusual for him. Jesus believed in what he knew himself to be. We, as people of faith, are invited to that same uniqueness. What are our lives all about? Our lives are about the uniqueness of what God has called each one of us to be. We can live this uniqueness by taking time like Jesus to pray and to trust in the presence of God as we journey through life.
Job, in our first reading today, must find his uniqueness. He must learn to trust in the presence of God. Like Job, we can question and sometimes even doubt because of the struggles, misfortunes and challenges of life that we often face but if we pause to pray. If we pause to find God’s presence our uniqueness will come shining through.
Have a great Sunday everyone.
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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