Wednesday, September 03, 2014
22nd Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: 1 Col 3:1-9
Gospel: Luke 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.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
At a healing session the healer asked participants to stand up a group at a time. “Those feeling something in their head down to their neck please rise”, the preacher instructed. People with migraine, brain tumor, cataract and goiter stood up. He then asked those having ailments in their torso to rise. Accordingly, those with heart diseases, breast cancer and other related diseases stood up. Finally the preacher called for the last group: “Those with sicknesses on their legs down to their feet please arise.” Before those having arthritis and gout could stand up someone from the assembly cried out: “Way laktaway!” (No skipping of body area please!) “Why, what is your sickness?” the preacher inquired. The man sheepishly replied, “Almoranas”.
Not even the most negligible ailment escapes God’s attention. Today’s Gospel reading confirms this by telling us that Jesus healed all forms of sickness. “At sunset, people suffering from many kinds of sickness were brought to Jesus. Laying his hands on each one, he healed them.”
But while God wants us to be healthy all the time, we must do our fair share of self care. Abusing the body frustrates God’s plan to have everyone enjoy life to the full. Indulging in vices is most destructive to God’s role as steward of us all. Through wanton submission to the cravings of the flesh a person effectively drives God away. But how funny to note that, after driving the Lord away and wallowing in all vices in every way, people still have the nerve to demand for miraculous healing!
The demand usually comes at too late a time when only a miraculous intervention can reverse the deterioration of their health. Do they deserve a miracle? No they don’t; nobody does. But the good news is that God can make all things new. It’s never too late with a God who patiently waits. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father grant us the strength to abandon all vices so that we may live our lives to the full in the service of one another. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. He was born in Rome in 540. At 35, after five years of brilliant service as Prefect of the City, he gave up his possessions and became a monk. In 590, he was elected Pope by popular acclamation. He tried to run away from the city, but was forcibly carried to the Basilica of St. Peter, where he was consecrated. Despite his prestige, he called himself Servus Servorum Dei – Servant of the Servants of God – a title still retained by his successors. During a penitential procession, which the Pope had called to stop a deadly pestilence, the Archangel Michael appeared sheathing his sword on the top of Hadrian’s Mausoleum, signifying the end of God’s punishment. In gratitude, a bronze angel was built on the mausoleum, that was thereafter renamed Castel Sant’Angelo. Gregory died in Rome in 604 at 64 and was immediately canonized by popular acclamation. He was one of the two popes who were titled the Great.