Brokenness and Healing
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: February 4, 2018
Today our Gospel is about the healing of the mother-in-law of Simon Peter. This gospel was written by Mark, and Mark did a good job in recounting the miracle. Here is what he wrote:
“On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. 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.”
Now, as I said, Mark did a good job, but he did leave a few things out. Now I am going to tell you what really happened.
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Jesus asked Simon, “Where’s your mother-in-law?” Simon replied, “Oh, she’s upstairs in bed with a fever.” Jesus said, “Well then, who’s going to cook us dinner?”
Jesus immediately went upstairs, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then, just as the gospel tells us, “Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”
So the reason Jesus cured her is because HE WAS HUNGRY. He wanted her to cook dinner.
Over the past several weeks of Ordinary Time, we find Jesus beginning his public ministry. He has been working miracle after miracle, and is building up quite a reputation. He is becoming quite popular. Have you ever noticed that all of Jesus’ miracles are about healing? Jesus is more than anything else the healer.
In one way or another we are all broken and in need of healing. WE may have broken bodies or broken souls. It may be a broken arm or a leg; it may be a disease such as flu or pneumonia. It may be cancer or diabetes; it may be temporary or terminal. We may be broken by hunger, Do you know that 75% of the world lives in third world countries and goes to sleep hungry every night?
We may be brokenhearted, we may be lonely. It may be a broken relationship, with a good friend, or a parent, or a child, or your brother or sister. We may be broken by bullies. Are you a bully? When you leave another person, do you leave them with a smile on their face or do you leave them with a tear in their eye?
We may have a broken relationship with God, we may feel abandoned. Maybe we are broken by sin, doing things our parents and teachers and religious leaders told us not to do.
In one way or another we are all broken and in need of healing. Today reflect on your life and pinpoint your brokenness. Bring your brokenness to Church and let Jesus heal you. Put your brokenness in your hand as you reach out for Holy Communion, When the minister says to you: “The Body of Christ,” say in all sincerity of heart: “Amen!”, and let Jesus heal you.
There are two things we all need in life, even though we don’t like to admit it, and those two things are: God and other people. We are social beings; that is why solitary confinement is the worst punishment of all.
WE all need God and other people. We find both in Church.
In conclusion, there is enough brokenness in the world. We need healing. That’s what Jesus did and that’s what we must do too. WE must always ask ourselves in prayer, am I a source of brokenness, or am I a source of healing. Amen.
Fr. Terry Hazel
Job 7:1–4, 6–7
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope.
1 Corinthians 9:16–19, 22–23
I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
[Jesus said,] “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.