A reading from the gospel according to Luke 4:38-44
38 After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her.
39 He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.
40 At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
41 And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.
42 At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
43 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.”
44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
Reflection: Various Diseases
Good News: He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
Jesus is the divine healer. He cured people with various diseases including those possessed with demons. Some of these people may have psychosomatic diseases – psychological disorder with physical symptoms. When Jesus laid His hands on them, they felt His mercy and compassion. They felt they are now loved and accepted. Thus they are freed and they experienced instant healing.
Jesus rebuked the fever and it left Simon’s mother-in-law. He also rebuked the demons and they left. We too can rebuke various diseases and even the demons in the mighty name of Jesus. Indeed, there is power in the name of Jesus for those who believe.
When the people experienced the benefits of having Jesus in their midst, they tried to prevent Him from leaving. They wanted to “own” Him but He explained that he must go to other towns and proclaim the good news. That is His mission and no one could stop Him. This mission has been passed on to us and we should never allow anyone or anything to stop us. The good news of the Kingdom of God must be proclaimed to all towns in the world.
In the beginning of the gospel passage above, we read “they interceded with Him” for the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law. Clearly, there is power in the humble intercession of people for the benefit of others. When we pray for one another, Jesus listens to us.
Read also: Mark 5:21-43 Reflection