Mark 1: 29-39

Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them.

 

That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him, the whole city lined up at his door! He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word.

While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.”

 

Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.” He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.

 

 

Prayer

 Loving Father,
you know and love us so well.
 
Hear our prayers and allow your healing love to transform our lives.
 
Amen

  

 

Reflection

Here we see Jesus quietly taking Simon Peter's mother-in-law's hand to heal her after she was taken ill.

 

Through this, Jesus reveals the depth of his Father's love for his Children, which he often does by healing them. God cares deeply about our pain and suffering and there is no situation that is beyond his healing touch. 

 

Some cures are dramatic, immediate and powerful, amazing all who witnessed these miracles. But Jesus also healed people when there were no crowds to witness his actions, but simply because of the depth of his love and compassion. His gesture of taking the sick woman by the hand reminds us how gentle yet powerful God's healing and miraculous love can be in our lives.

 

 

Jonny Dearden (Salesian Volunteer) & Sandy Fairley (Salesian School Chaplain)