Wednesday of the 22nd Week of the Year

Luke 4:38-44

The Cure of Simon’s Mother-in-Law


Mothers-in-law are usually tagged with derogatory names and attributes such as meddlers, possessive of son/daughter, caused of conjugal quarrels and the like. Reality, however, breaks the above stereotypes.

Some years ago, Radio Veritas had a special program for overseas calls. A Filipina in Saudi Arabia called up her loved ones here. Prominent among the persons she greeted on the air was her mother-in-law. She fondly told her: “Nay, komusta kana? Namimiss na kita…take care..” The anchorman commented: “Wow, pambihira ‘to. Mabait siguro ‘tong biyena na ‘to.”

Similarly, Peter’s mother-in-law must have been an ideal one. It was not only Peter but the other people too, who interceded with Jesus to cure her of her high fever. As soon as the fever left her she got up and waited on them: on Jesus, on Peter and the whole bunch of disciples. Also, she availed of her house to the people who brought their sick for Jesus to cure.

There are varied ministries in the Church like preaching/teaching, healing and service of all sorts. The kind of service ministry that Peter’s mother-in-law rendered was sharing her house, resources and time to Jesus and His disciples as well as to the people who came to Jesus.

How about you? What kind of service do you render to the people of God in your community? (Sr. Angelita, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)


The gospel account is a medical story because its narrator is a medical doctor who shows Jesus to be a healer of body and mind. God’s intent for humans is life in all its fullness. Thus, where Jesus finds life threatened or curtailed, he gives wholeness to people as what he does to Simon’s mother-in-law. Jesus cures many other sick people and drove out evil spirits. He is always ready to extend God’s helping hand to others. Jesus shows that mercy and compassion should never be postponed because every human need is always immediate. A great person reveals his greatness with the way he deals with others. We need to guard against “slow compassion” as we tend in our day-to-day affairs. (Fr. Louie Punzalan, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


In many medical schools nowadays, they are now offering to their students courses in spirituality. For instance, as of 1999 in the USA, out of 125 medical schools 61 have spirituality courses in their curriculum. This is born out of conviction that the body is very much linked to the psyche and the spirit. Victor Frankl has pointed out this connectedness when he said: ‘People are not destroyed by suffering, they are destroyed by suffering without meaning.”

In the gospel, Jesus healed the mother-in-law of Simon through the intercession of others. She was sick with severe fever. Not only her but other people too who were diabolically possessed – the demons came out of them. The message is clear. Jesus heals the total person.

Sickness and suffering will always be part of our lives. Consequently, we need others who are spiritually mature to give meaning and enlightenment to our suffering as the mother-in-law of Simon needed help from other people. In this context therefore, all of us are called to be wounded healers to everyone. For it is from an experience of brokenness that we can be one with those who suffer. We can help alleviate their pains through our empathy. So while holding on to our faith in Jesus we can share that fullness of his life to others. May we all be wounded healers to everyone. (Bro. Eugene Orog, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


In our gospel today, the mother-in-law of St. Peter was obviously in good relation with her son-in-law for she was healed through his intercession. And as soon as Jesus restored her back to health, she right away got up and waited on Jesus and the disciples. For this she became an epitome of gratitude-in-action after being healed. Then more miracles and healing followed.

Have we ever been healed by God? What did we do as a sign of gratitude to God? Or have we rather become obstacles to God’s healing power? To ensure that we do not become obstacles to God and to others, let us follow Jesus in taking time to pray. In doing so, we will always experience an inner healing. Like Jesus we will also proclaim the good news of the kingdom; we are also sent! (Fr. Carlos Lariosa, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


Francis McNutt in his book, Power to Heal, wrote something about a wonderful nurse. She begins each day by asking Jesus to bless her hands and use them to heal her patients. The nurse then goes about her duties and responsibilities in a caring, loving way.

Francis McNutt also describes a New York University study of nurses who lay hands on patients, lovingly, with the intention of healing them. The results are astounding. The patients recover more rapidly. It seems, Francis McNutt says, that loving, caring people communicate, through their hands, a life-giving power to sick bodies.

Lord, teach us what a great power you gave us in the power of a loving touch. Help us use it to help people, especially the elderly, the sick and the lonely. (Fr. Fred Mislang, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


August 31, 2016 Wednesday

Jesus heals many people by touching them. “He placed his hands on every one of them and healed them all.” In so doing Jesus has shown that human touch can bring people back to health.

Touch can be an instrument for personal well-being and physical healing, a means to mending broken relationships and a medium for fostering collaboration and cooperation between and among peoples. An embrace consoles, sympathizes, empathizes and reconnects us with others. The Filipino “mano po” is not just an expression of respect but also a bestowal of blessing. A simple handshake can start a life-giving friendship. A touch on the forehead bestows blessing, a pat on the shoulder consoles, encourages and inspires.

Human touch can ease suffering but it can also inflict pain. Jesus made use of touch to heal people. By means of touch, Jesus has shown us an example on how to make use of human touch for the well-being of the other. Touch can also become destructive. It can hurt people physically, emotionally and psychologically.

A simple gesture of touch done at the right moment, at the right place and to the right person can truly make a difference in the life of the recipient. (Fr. Michael Layugan, SVD DWST, Tagaytay City Bible Diary 2016)


Jesus heals many people. In his book Power to Heal Francis McNutt describes a remarkable nurse. She begins each day by asking Jesus to bless her hands and use them to heal her patients. She then goes about her work in a loving way.

McNutt also describes a New York University study of nurses who lay hands on patients, lovingly, with the intention of healing them. The results are astounding. The patients recover more rapidly. It seems, says McNutt, that loving, caring people communicate, through their hands, a loving, life-giving power to sick bodies.

Jesus often laid hands on people to heal them.

Do we ever begin our day by asking Jesus to use us to help people that day?

Lord, teach us what a great power you gave us in the power of a loving touch. Help us use it to help people, especially the elderly, the sick and the lonely (Mark Link, SJ Illustrated Daily Homilies Weekdays p. 202)


V. 43: Jesus made Himself available for the proclamation of the good news. be available for God too. Expand your desire to make known His goodness. Embrace the inconvenience of going to the world. Be God’s Living Word (Fr. Ching OP).


WEDNESDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 4:38-44. Unsa may angay natong ibalos sa gugma ug kaayo sa Dios? Ang gugma sa Dios libre ug wala manginahanglan og balos. Ingon niini ang tinuod nga gugma: dili mag-apas og bayad gikan sa tawo nga gihigugma. Apan bisan tuod og dili magpabalos ang Dios, dalaygon gihapon para sa usa ka tawo kon siya maghimo og maayo para sa Ginoo. Diha sa ebanghelyo gihatagan kita og maayong panig-ingnan sa ugangan nga babaye ni Pedro. Human siya ayoha ni Hesus sa iyang hilanat, nibangon dayon siya ug nisilbi sa Ginoo ug sa Iyang mga kauban. Ning atong panahon karon, ang mga kabos maoy nagdala sa presensya sa Dios. Kon gusto kitang magpasalamat sa Dios tungod sa mga grasya nga atong nadawat, himoon nato kini pinaagi sa pagsilbi sa mga naglisod ilabina sa mga mahuyang, tigulang, masakiton ug masulob-on. Posted by Abet Uy


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 4:38-44. UNSA MAY ATONG IBALOS SA KAAYO SA DIOS? Ang gugma sa Dios libre ug wala manginahangla’g balos. Ingon niini ang tinuod nga gugma: dili mag-apas og bayad gikan sa tawo nga gihigugma. Apan bisan tuod og dili magpabalos ang Dios, dalaygon gihapon para sa usa ka tawo kon siya maghimo’g maayo para sa Ginoo. Diha sa ebanghelyo ang ugangang babaye ni Pedro naghatag kanatog maayong panig-ingnan. Human siya ayoha ni Hesus sa iyang hilanat, nibangon dayon siya ug nisilbi sa Ginoo ug sa iyang mga kauban. Ning atong panahon karon, ang mga kabos maoy nagdala sa presensya sa Dios. Kon gusto kitang magpasalamat sa Dios, balosan nato Siya diha sa mga maluyahon, masakiton ug masulob-on. Makadasig ang gisulti ni Albert Pike: “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world lives on forever.” Posted by Abet Uy


 Reflection for Wednesday September 3, Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor; Luke 4:38-44 Reflection: Have we prayerfully asked Jesus to heal somebody close to us? Have we introduced to Jesus a relative or a friend? Our faith and relationship with Jesus becomes more meaningful when we are able to bring/introduce someone to Him. Because this means that our faith has already matured and is bearing fruit already.

In our gospel for today, Simon’s humbly asked Jesus to heal his mother in-law who was sick with fever. And right there and then Jesus went to her and immediately healed her. What if Simon did not asked Jesus to heal his mother in-law? Of course his mother in-law would not been healed but she was healed courtesy of Simon’s prayerful and humble intercession.

This act of Simon of asking Jesus to heal her mother in-law is a very good reminder for us. That we too must see to it that we also pray to Jesus to heal and enlighten someone who is close to us. Because many are very much in need of enlightenment and healing from Jesus. Let us not take for granted the power of our prayerful intercession for others most especially for the sick and for those who are not enlightened about the love of Jesus. For it can make a positive impact in their lives.

This is for the reason that our prayerful intercession for them can heal and change them. For example Saint Monica (the mother of Saint Augustine) she was forced to marry a non-believer but through her unceasing prayer she was able to convert her husband to the catholic faith. Saint Monica also unceasingly prayed for 17 long years for the conversion of her son Augustine who was living a life of sin at that time. And through her humble and persevering prayers she was eventually heard by God.

We are being challenged by our gospel for today to bring someone closer to Jesus though our intercession and prayers.

Have we already brought somebody closer to Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Reflection for September 2, Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 4:38-44

Reflection: What do you do after a busy and tiring day? Do you seek to be alone by yourself to commune with God? After healing so many Jesus went to a deserted place at daybreak to commune with God.

Jesus always finds time for God no matter how busy He is. Why? Because Jesus derives strength from His communion with God. Do you also derive strength from God? Do you seek a communion with Jesus everyday?

The beauty of always being in-touch with Jesus is you will never be lost in this world. You would always have a strong anchor to stabilize your life. Do you feel lost every once in while in this world? Ask Jesus to give you the strength to survive the many backbreaking pressures in this world. Ask Jesus to journey with you as you dive to your many pressure laden activities.

Always remember that as you go through the daily grind of your life. Jesus is always there for you ever ready to help you in whatever way possible. Always call on Jesus and always seek His abiding presence in your life.

Do you always seek the presence of Jesus in your life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


September 2, 2015

Wednesday of the 22nd Week in the Ordinary Time B

Col 1: 1-8, Lk 4:38-44

Faith of Simon Peter

Today we have a beautiful passage for reflection. It comes just after the description of the healing of the demoniac in the synagogue of Capernaum. Jesus might have been invited by Simon Peter to his house for overnight stay. Gradually that house became a resting place for Jesus in his Galilean ministry.

As soon as Jesus reached there Simon led him to the bed of his mother in law who was bed ridden with high fever. “The term Luke uses here for high fever is an actual diagnoses for a well-known fever at that time, also called EshathaTsemirta, or the “burning fever”. The Jewish Talmud prescribed the following remedy: one must take a knife made of iron and tie it to a thorn bush with a braid of hair and then for four days, recite one verse a day from Exodus 3:2-5. On the fourth day, the bush is to be cut down, and a formula should be pronounced.”

Peter did not expect Jesus to do any of these ‘ceremonies’ and ‘rubrics’ to get rid of the fever. He just trusted the power of Jesus that He could heal. And of course that trust was rewarded. Jesus went to the bed side, and held the hands of the woman (as Mathew and Mark would put it) and simply rebuked the fever as if he was rebuking a truant boy. Immediately she was healed. My question to myself when I read this passage is: Do I have the faith of Simon – the simple unassuming faith that puts the whole trust in the hands of Jesus. Jesus is same yesterday, today and tomorrow. When people ask me to put my hands on their head and pray when they are sick, do I have the same faith as Simon Peter that Jesus will surely work through my hands?

The mother in law was healed immediately. She got up and started serving Jesus. The healing enabled her to do the service. That is one clear sign of the healing. True healing will strengthen the person to do more and more service. When I request Jesus to heal me, remember, this is the condition Jesus puts forward to me. I should get up and serve him and his people. My abilities and whatever the Lord grants me, are not meant for my personal enjoyment. It is for the enrichment of the community.

The news of the healing spread to the nearby places. As soon as the Sabbath got over people started thronging to the house of Peter with all the sick in their houses. Jesus did not refuse any body’s request. He went out to the yard and laid his hands on each one of them and healed them. Really a hectic schedule for Jesus that went on till late night! But early in the morning Jesus got up and went to a lonely place to be with the heavenly father. The ministry was to be continued. The power house for that was the communion with the Father. Without the communion with Him the ministry could not be continued. Do I have the same attitude of Jesus? Many a time due to the hectic schedule of the day, we forget to call upon the Lord. Let me sleep a bit more; let me rest for a while; I shall do my prayers on the way; the lord will understand my busy schedule… Thus go our excuses. Let us learn from Jesus. Dr Martin Mallathu CMI



1 Cor 3: 1-9; Lk: 4:38-44

Evil Powers and Structures

During the time of Jesus the common understanding was that the diseases and illnesses were caused by the evil spirits. If the evil spirit is overpowered the sick person will be alright. Thus we see Jesus rebuke the evil spirit and the mother in law of Simon gets well. Even now quite often the causes of our illness and diseases are the power and influence of the evil powers. The modern psychology would tell us that if we have any mental stress or tension due to any of the breaking relationships or wrong actions under the influence of the evil powers, it may also affect our physical health. We need to overthrow the evil powers and its influences from our life, from our thinking and words and actions. If we are acting under the influence of the evil powers and structures, it can bring about unhappiness eventually leading to physical ill-health. So we need to cast out the spell and influence of the evil powers and structures from our life. We should keep our heart and mind free for the word of God to dwell in us and have a sphere of influence over them. This would save us from many of infirmities we are suffering from.

Jesus had come to bring about the kingdom of God. For this to happen he had to overthrow the evil one’s power over the world and gain the world for God for the establishment of Kingdom of God. When Jesus heals the sick and casts out the evil spirit, he is virtually defeating the power of the evil spirits and bringing about the kingdom of God. For Jesus healing and casting out the evil spirit is an important ministry whereby he really establishes the kingdom of God on this earth, a sphere of influence of God rather than that of the evil powers.

If we want to establish the Kingdom of God, then we need to work for defeating the power of the evil powers and structures. All the structures of injustice, exploitation and exclusion are the creation or under the power of the evil one. In order to bring about the Kingdom of God, one has to work to overthrow all those structures and collaborations built on injustice and exclusion even though they may be accepted by the society as normal way of making money and doing business.

Each Christian is called upon to work for bringing about the Kingdom of God by defeating the power and plans of the evil one in one’s own life and in the society. Fr. Paulson Muthipeedika CMI


PURPOSE OF PRIORITY – But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”– Luke 4:43

Whenever I give a talk to parents, I always ask them, “Why are you working so hard?” I always get the answer, “For our children.” Parents are always consistent with their answers. However, whenever I give talks to high school students, majority of them wish that their parents would devote more time to them.

Isn’t it ironic that some parents work so hard for their children, yet they tend to neglect spending time with them?

My dad once told me, “Never miss an important event in your child’s life for a multimillion-peso deal. Because one week later, the people in the deal will most likely forget everything about the meeting, but your child will never forget that you were not in his school play or graduation until the day he dies.”

Jesus loved to heal the sick, but it was clear to Him that His primary purpose was to proclaim the Good News.

How about you? Do you know your purpose in life? If the purpose is clear, decision-making would be easier. After all, the purpose of setting priorities is to fulfill your God-given purpose. Velden Lim (

Reflection: Sometimes, you have to say no to the “good” so that you can say yes to the “better” things that can lead you to fulfill your real purpose.

Lord, give me the wisdom to know clearly the purpose for which You have sent me.


THANKSGIVING THROUGH SERVICE – Today’s Gospel mentions that the Apostle Peter had a mother-in-law, which means that “the first pope” was a married man, not elected by cardinals but personally chosen by Christ Himself. In fact, for at least the first 200 years of Christianity, married priests and bishops were the rule. St. Paul wrote to Timothy that a bishop should be married only once. Only slowly were married clerics, for various reasons, replaced by a celibate clergy.

Let us not discuss now whether priests should get married or not but let’s have a look at the first part of the Gospel that deals with Peter’s motherin-law. There are three important lessons in this short incident.

We know only too well that Jesus was always ready to help. He had just left the synagogue. Every preacher knows what it is like after a service — he longs for rest. But no sooner had Jesus left the synagogue and entered Peter’s house than the cry of need reached Him. But He did not say that He was tired and must rest; He answered it without complaint. Jesus is always ready to help.

He did not need a crowd to work miracles. Many people will be at their best in public and at their worst at home. All too commonly, we are kind to strangers and then the very opposite when there is no one but our own folk to see. But Jesus was prepared to perform a miracle in a village cottage in Capernaum when the crowds were gone.

When Peter’s mother-in-law was cured, she immediately began to serve them. She realized that she had been given back her health to spend it in the service of others. She wanted to get on with cooking and serving her own family and Jesus. Mothers are always like that.

And I think here is a message for us. We would do well to remember that if God gave us the priceless gift of health and strength, He gave it that we might use it always in the service of others. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTION: Have you learned from Jesus to respond to somebody’s need even when you are tired?

Lord, help me to never forget that the best way to thank You for my life is through humble service offered to a needy person. Amen.


August 31, 2016

REFLECTION: When in 379 St. Jerome was ordained a priest at the urging of Bishop Paulinus of Antioch, he spe­cified as a condition of his ordination that he would not be submitted to any pastoral obligation (v.g. service in a parish). In fact, it seems that he never celebrated Mass. Was he useless to the Church? No, for he produced an immense amount of commentaries on the Bible and especially a Latin translation of the Bible which was the official translation used by the Church for 15 centuries. He certainly served the Church well—but in his own way.

In today’s first reading Paul alludes to the different ways in which he and the great preacher and teacher Apollos worked for the Church: “I planted, Apollos watered.”

We all have different talents and we should serve the cause of Christ according to our specific talent. Some Christians serve the sick in hospitals, some serve in the prison ministry, some serve in soup kitchens for the poor, some write books. Let us favor this rich variety of ministries instead of wanting everyone to fit in the same mold. God loves variety!


Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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