Posted by: livingscripture | January 14, 2015

First Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.  They immediately told Him about her.  He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.  Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”

(Mark 1: 30-31)

 How should we live this WordPeter's mother-in-law

It is very meaningful that the woman, who is suddenly aware she is healed, does not sit idle but immediately begins to serve Jesus and those who had accompanied Him.  It is this simple and joyful love that becomes service which draws us out of our comfort zones.  We must get out of ourselves, preoccupied with our own things, and pay attention to others, to those who are in need.  Healed by Love, become a servant for love!When they speak to Jesus of this sick woman, He immediately approaches her.  The gesture of taking her by the hand can be seen as a symbol of the current of divine energy that goes from the Lord to the woman.  He bends over her, touches her, manifesting His infinite compassion and mercy in the very human act of taking her by the hand.  At this point, the fever must leave her.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will visualize this familiar and simple scene.  I can put myself in the place of the sick woman, prey to a fever.  Maybe it is some negative feeling that torments me, that makes me diffident, irritated, or desirous of getting even with someone.  Perhaps I covet the possession of something or someone.  Lord, free me from this fever.  Take me by the hand and touch the depths of my heart.  I believe in You.  I trust You.  Heal me and enable me to serve You for Love.

Jesus, hold me close to You always! 

The Voice of Philoteo of Sinai, Ancient Monk 

Jesus is God.  When the disciple calls Him, He overcomes the evil winds.  The moment you find a pause for breath in the midst of the enemy’s attacks, glorify the one who saved you.


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