1st September

Publié le 31 Août 2021

Gospel text

(Lk 4,38-44): 

 

Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the house of Simon. His mother-in-law was suffering from high fever and they asked him to do something for her. Bending over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and waited on them. At sunset, people suffering from many kinds of sickness were brought to Jesus. Laying his hands on each one, He healed them. Demons were driven out, howling as they departed from their victims, «You are the Son of God!». He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, for they knew He was the Messiah.

Jesus left at daybreak and looked for a solitary place. People went out in search of him and, finding him, they tried to dissuade him from leaving. But He said, «I have to go to other towns to announce the good news of the kingdom of God. That is what I was sent to do». So Jesus continued to preach in the synagogues of the Jewish country.

 

The Application

 

Everything seems to fine and all are searching for Christ. However, it’s strange for us to understand why Jesus has decided to leave this place and moved towards another direction. I do remember when Toyota has decided to stop the production of Qualis and favoured Innova.

 

Whatever may be the outcome, what is important for us in our daily life is to look at Jesus. The gospel says that He was in contemplation with the Father. It is in this prayer and contemplation that Jesus moved from here to other place. We shouldn’t fail to notice that it was in this same prayer that He came here.

 

We find difficult to understand the divine plan in every part of life. We wish to continue when everything goes on fine. If we are ready to accept this divine invitation (interruption), to start or to end, to go or to stop, then in later days, we will understand the divine goodness that God has prepared for us. How can you taste the precious divine gifts, if you refuse to enter in to hall where He has prepared everything for you?

 

Many of us search God outside like St. Augustin, where we are at ease, whereas, Jesus invites us to enter in. Enter into ourselves and into the divine plan for us.  It is in this obedience and faithfulness to God, that we cooperate in the divine accomplishment. It is here that people will glorify God. Let us thus imitate Jesus, His words and deeds, particularly the PERSON. We are all called, consecrated and sent through our baptism.

 

Action of the day: Remember your baptismal vocation.

 

 

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers: Jesus the Chief

 

Physician, by Jerome (347-420 AD)

 

"'Now Simon's mother-in-law was kept in her bed sick with a fever.' May Christ come to our house and enter in and by his command cure the fever of our sins. Each one of us is sick with a fever. Whenever I give way to anger, I have a fever. There are as many fevers as there are faults and vices. Let us beg the apostles to intercede for us with Jesus, that he may come to us and touch our hand. If he does so, at once our fever is gone. He is an excellent physician and truly the chief Physician. Moses is a physician. Isaiah is a physician. All the saints are physicians, but he is the chief Physician." (excerpt from HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL OF MARK 75.1)

 

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