January 11, 2017
On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
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 1:29-39)
A reflection on today’s Gospel from Pope Francis:
Entering into the house of Simon Peter, Jesus sees that his mother-in-law is in bed with the fever. Immediately, He takes her by the hand, heals her, and raises her up.
After the sun sets, when, since the Sabbath is over, the people can go and bring the sick to Him. He heals a multitude of people afflicted by maladies of every kind: physical, psychological, and spiritual.
Having come to earth to announce and to realize the salvation of the whole man and of all people, Jesus shows a particular predilection for those who are wounded in body and in spirit: the poor, the sinners, the possessed, the sick, the marginalized.
So He is revealed as the doctor both of souls and of bodies, the Good Samaritan of man. He is the true Savior: Jesus saves, Jesus cures, Jesus heals.