LUKE 4:38-44 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (September 2, 2020)
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 hand 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 the other towns, to announce the good news of the of the kingdom of God. That is what I was sent to do.” And Jesus continued to preach in the synagogues of Galilee.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
Life can never be complete without sufferings. In the same, no one can unpack the mysteries of joy without equal strength of sacrifices.
Suffering is a magic word unleashing the power of Jesus to do something over us, the believers. Likewise it is a valid reason for us to tell Jesus to do something for us as his disciples asked him to do something for the Mother in law of Simon who had fever in this Bible reading.
As the healed Mother in law of Simon got up and waited them, is simply telling us to be consistent with Jesus and allow him to go further instead of dissuading him to stay in the service of others. Allow yourself to be used by God as a miracle worker.
You may not have the power of Jesus but surely you can encourage others to have strong faith unto Jesus for they have seen how good and merciful is the Father upon your shortcomings.
Life unto Jesus is not about the happy ending but all about the promise of a new beginning with the Father who is in heaven.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, human suffering is a charm before the eyes of God. Because of his love for us, He could not endure looking at us alone in our struggle. The Lord would never leave us most especially during the height our sufferings.