Gospel Mk 1:29-39 On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and
Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before
dawn, he left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you."
He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come."
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of
Growing up as a kid in north St. Louis
and being poor, I donít remember seeing many miracles. We
went to a catholic school and I remember in religion class
in the fifth grade the nun, Sister Olympia I believe her
name was, talking to the class about miracles, the miracles
that Jesus performed a very long time ago. My first thought
was, ďHow come there are no miracles being performed these
days. There are a lot of poor people who have no food and
we have to search for soda and beer bottles to cash them in
to help put food on our table, and there are many who have
to do the same around here.Ē Not a very positive outlook on
miracles back then I know. So, maybe I grew up having
trouble believing in miracles. So much is said in the
gospels about the miracles Jesus performed. Take this
reading for example. Simonís mother-in-law had a fever. At
first glance this doesnít seem like much of a miracle,
unless we were to understand that her fever was around 105
or 106 degrees or even higher, and that she lay there on the
brink of death, talking out of her head, screaming from the
pain and the agony she felt, begging to be free of the
immense suffering. Like I said, I had, maybe have trouble
believing in miracles. Jesus healed her immediately and she
began to wait on them.
I think of someone I knew who had a
high fever. Unfortunately she died. Those whom he cured
were variously afflicted, they were many, and so were the
demons he expelled. Variously afflicted? Hey, we are
talking heavy stuff here. Weíre talking about leprosy,
blindness, crippled from birth, lost limbs, mentally
deranged and much more. Jesus healed those folks and
expelled those demons. I know of folks right here, now and
today, with various afflicted illnesses. People with
cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimerís disease,
crippled and deformed. I know of children from all over the
world suffering malnutrition, heck right here in this
country. And then there is the biggest disease of all Ė
CRIME, born out of many kinds of evil/hate in this world;
deadly weapons used by kids to kill other kids, rape,
incest, drugs, and on and on. I find it even harder to
believe in miracles. Where is he? Where is this miracle
worker? He was of so much help back then.
Ah, but didnít he say something about a
Spirit that he would send when he left? A Spirit that would
allow human beings to perform miracles, even greater ones
than he did? Didnít he call each one of us to be a servant
as he was, to follow in his footsteps? Iím beginning to
understand about miracles now. Didnít he ask us to change?
To soften our heartened hearts? Itís getting clearer now.
Hey, I think I do understand.
The suffering is so great, the hurt so
deep. Where are the miracle workers? We are the miracle
workers of today. So what do we need to do? Itís not about
the physical miracles anymore. That will come. What can we
do? We can Love. We can TOUCH. We can GIVE of ourselves.
We can speak kind words to each other. We can pray together
for that Sprit to guide us so that we can change hearts,
maybe even our own heart
Stop worrying about the end times
folks. If itís coming here or coming soon, so be it. We
have work to do, miracles to perform. Once we can change
our heart, then we can change the hearts of others. We can
throw away the guns (not literally), change the hearts that
seem to need them to kill. We can feed and clothe and
lead. We can heal and we can be healed. God wants us to
remember that. Not that there is a limit to the divine
healing, but that we should have no problem in joining that
jostling crowd in this reading. We can definitely believe
in miracles, and we can accomplish them. Or we can say,
ďThat is Godís doing!Ē What do you think? If you or I
think we canít we wonít. If we believe that we can, then we
will perform the miracles that Jesus performed and even
more. But first, we have to change our hearts. That is the
first miracle. God bless you all in the name of our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Good morning God, itís a beautiful day,
I want to thank you for all the blessings
you have sent my way,
My family my friends, and my loved ones to,
I just want to praise you for all that you do.
I want to always be a part of all of your plans,
Iím so grateful that you love me,
and accept me just as I am.
Only you know Dear God what this day can be,
Iím here God and Iím ready, so please use me.
I donít care if itís a big request, or even small,
Iím just ready and willing to answer your call.
Thereís so many I know that needs your touch today,
Work through me Dear God to help them I pray.
And always yes always I pray all the glory goes to you,
For you are the answer and you know just what to do.
Good morning Dear God and as I get out of bed,
Iím looking forward to this new day and what lies ahead.
Written By Eva Dimel
Inspired By God
May 29th 2010