Happy September everyone !
Is it just me, or does the miracle of Jesus healing Simon’s mother-in-law seem unusual to you ? There is no fanfare, no reaction from the people, no special words or signs from Jesus, and no one saying “thank you” to him at the end. He just routinely enters her home, rebuked the fever, and she got up and began to wait on them. That’s it ! Not your typical miracle that draws a lot of attention. He simply heals her, she got up and began to serve without any complaints.
That’s an important message for all of us. Jesus cures us as well so that we might serve. We are very good at praying to Jesus for a cure for various things, but we are less than happy when we get the “bill” – which is his expectation of us serving others. Simon’s mother-in-law immediately forgets about her problems, how much time this sickness has set her back, and instead focuses on the needs of others. But isn’t that what a Christian is called to do ? We are to be a people whose vocation is to serve.
I love being a “Deacon”, because the word itself is servant – one called to serve. Today let us all spend some time in prayer reflecting on how we are to serve him. Let us humbly follow him by being faithful to the tasks he has placed before us and by loving the people he has placed in our lives.
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug