Wednesday of the 1st
Week in Ordinary Time
January 13, 2016
My thoughts this morning are about details – several details in today’s gospel that, I think, are enriching for us.
First, Simon’s or Peter’s mother-in-law is sick.
Jesus goes in to see her and the passage says that “he takes her by the hand and helps her up.”
Scripture scholars tells us that this gesture reminds us of what the Father does for Jesus.
In at least one place, the Scripture describes Jesus’ resurrection as God lifting up Jesus.
So, Jesus’ action here with Simon’s mother-in-law implies a new life and giving new life to her.
In fact, we might interpret Jesus’ entire ministry as lifting us up to new and fuller life.
Then, the passage says that this woman immediately begins to serve them.
The word for waiting on or serving is the same word used to describe how the angels waited on Jesus after his temptations in the desert.
So, the insight here is that even preparing food or showing hospitality is an angelic or heavenly thing.
It is a way of participating in God’s work on this earth.
And finally, notice Jesus’ limits.
He has been very busy and now he leaves that town and takes some alone time, just for himself.
He does not always and automatically say yes to all requests.
Instead, he makes time and space for himself, for prayer and for his relationship with the Father.
He has a sense of limits and lives with them.
This is a good example for us.
So, I hope these details in the gospel provide some good food for your reflection today.