Good News for the Day, January 10, 2018
The Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary (306)
Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the house of Simon and Andrew along with James and John. There, Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. Right away, they told Jesus about her. He went to her, took her hand, and helped her to her feet. The fever left her then and she acted as hostess. When evening came, after sunset, they brought to him anybody ill or possessed by bad spirits. The whole town was huddled around the door. He cured many people who were sick with various diseases, and drove out many demons, not letting them speak because they knew him. Getting up very early—before dawn—Jesus left and went off to a place to be alone, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him went after him and, finding him, they said, “Everybody is looking for you.” He told them, “Let’s go off to nearby villages so that I may preach there too. This is why I have come.” So he went into the meeting houses in those places, preaching and driving out demons throughout Galilee. (Mark 1))
Imbued with a fresh “inspiriting” from His recent Baptism, aware afresh that God is our Father, and that we humans are equal children of our Creator—Jesus begins. “This is why I have come.” He preaches this message of your being loved, and people come.
People flock to Him to see him heal people and drive out demons. The kind, caring attitude of Jesus reaches out to the ailing hearts, bodies and souls of neighbors and strangers. But this narrative is not a story of miracles to make you believe in Jesus and his power. No, it is so much more.
That same spirit calls on you to heal and do today the modern version of these “miracles”—to heal broken hearts, ailing souls, and depressed minds—to work miracles by your belief in people, in God and in our Family. You are to follow Jesus in driving out the habits—demon-driven—of sexual compulsions, prejudices and arrogance, powerlessness and despair, constant anger and denials of truth. Far more than cancer and Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes—these are the illnesses of the soul, the demon possessions that need curing, need your loving care, your touching them that raises them up from a feverish lifetime.