Prayer: O Jesus, let me experience your healing power.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus surrounded by the sick seeking to be healed.)
Jesus’ powers are diverse. He heals many illnesses and casts out all kinds of demons. They do not shout out because Jesus quiets them. When his work is finished, He walks away from the acclaim, because much work lies ahead.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
When they left the synagogue, they came to the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her.
He took her by the hand and lifted her up. Immediately, the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill and possessed with demons. All the city was gathered at the door. He healed many with various diseases and he cast out demons, not allowing them to speak because they knew who he was.
Rising early before dawn, he went out to a deserted place to pray. Simon, and those with him, followed Jesus. When they found him, they said, “Everybody is looking for you”. Jesus said, “Let us go to the neighboring towns and villages, that I may preach there, also. For this purpose I have come.” So, he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout Galilee.
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you).
- These apostles have quickly come to believe. They know that Jesus can heal the mother-in-law’s illness.
- The crowds also have great faith. At sunset (as soon as the workers are home), they bring everyone to Jesus.
- Jesus does not disappoint their simple faith. His power goes forth to all.
- Jesus’ pace is hectic. From the synagogue, to the house and to the crowds after sunset.
- The final scene is important. The disciples want to bask in the popularity. Jesus wants to go elsewhere. He is interested only in doing the Father’s work.
- Jesus senses an urgency. He must visit all the towns.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words in prayer)
- O Jesus, lift my heart to a highest level of faith. Then, do your wonders in my soul.
- If the crowds, who hardly knew you, believe, why do I not have greater faith?
- O Jesus, fill me with zeal. Let me not rest until I complete your work.
- O Jesus, your power is always going forth. At every moment, You are always blessing me.
- I will bring you all my worries, my hopes and my burdens, laying them at your feet.
- You will complete your task. You will visit me and I will receive you.
- Come to my village, Jesus.
Resolutions: (Use one of these or make one of your own).
- I will have faith in Jesus’ powers.
- I will go to Jesus with my greatest difficulty.
Thought: (Recall this text during the day)
After sunset, they brought to Jesus all who were ill.