Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel: Mark 1: 29-39
Hardly anyone dies of a simple fever these days. It was not so before the invention of antibiotics. Many people died of simple fever in those days. Jesus healing the mother-in-law of Peter should be reflected upon with this fact in mind.
Entering the house with his four disciples, He was told of the ailing lady and Jesus immediately healed her. The evangelist concludes that part with a simple statement, “She waited on them.” In other words, she returned to her older self within no time. It is a miracle hidden in the miracle. When you are cured of an illness, you need time and good rest to return to the old self. In this case, she returned to her old self within seconds.
It is what happens when Jesus touches you and lifts you. You may consider yourself in a hopeless situation. The hope of recovery may be remote. You may have counted yourself out. But if Jesus is invited to your life, He grasps you by hand, and helps you up; you shall be better than your old self.
If someone is sick in your family, welcome Jesus to your home as Peter did. You may not be perfect, and your house may not be in order, yet don’t hesitate to invite Jesus home. Peter was not perfect, yet he invited Jesus to his home. Once inside the home, Jesus restored the order at home. The mother of the house was healthy and sound enough to take her role as the house host.
Let nothing block us from inviting Jesus to our homes. Even if you are sinful, invite Jesus home. We hardly see Jesus turning down any invitation in the Gospels. He will not turn down your invitation. Hence make it a point to invite Jesus to your home. Take Jesus to anyone who is sick physically, mentally, or spiritually. Ask Jesus to stretch out His hands and lift them. And, forget not to ask Jesus to lift you by His holy hands. He will lift you and let you shine like never before.