Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Hilary, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church (315-+368) Patron Saint of Lawyers
Letter of Saint Paul to the Hebrews 2:14-18; Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 67, 8-9
& Mark 1:29-39
In today’s Gospel narrative, Jesus cures Peter’s mother-in-law. This shows that the disciples will freely bring their troubles to Him because they find Him ready and able to deal with any difficulty, affliction, or sickness they encounter.
One of the most beautiful truths of our faith is that the Divine Son of God became human like us in all things except sin. Jesus did not come to us to save angels but human beings. He was not born in an elegant and kingly home with a host of angels to serve Him. Vatican II tells us, “By His incarnation, the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man. He worked with human hands, He thought with human minds, acted by a human choice and love with a human heart” (Gaudium et Spes no. 22.)
Friends, when most of us have any earthly problem, we look for someone who can understand us; someone who can appreciate how we feel; sharing our own experience with someone who has gone through a similar experience like our own who is much more comforting than talking to someone who has not. That is why Jesus was born to feel how we may feel, to experience what we experience, and for us to talk (pray) to Him and to share with Him our feelings. But there is more. Jesus teaches us that God is not someone to be used only in our days of misfortune. He is someone to be loved and remembered every day of our lives, as we serve Him and others in good times and bad times.
Question of the Day: How do you express your gratitude to God for the blessings you have received by serving others?
Prayer: “My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord. I know them, and they follow me. Alleluia.”