Proclaiming the Good News
It is interesting to notice where Jesus encounters people. We might think that Jesus, son of God and Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, would reside in the Temple area and allow people to come and worship him. But time and again in the Gospels we see Jesus going out to encounter people no matter where they are. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at a well, he meets Matthew the tax collector on the road, he meets the man in chains out by the tombs, he meets the good thief on the cross, and in today’s Gospel, Jesus leaves the synagogue and enters the house of Simon’s mother-in-law where he meets the sick.
When people encounter Jesus, their lives are changed and people are healed. When we encounter Jesus we should not leave unchanged. He brings healing to our bodies and our souls, if we have faith and trust in him. In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law; he also cures many who were sick and drove out many demons. Jesus desires to heal us and make us whole. This does not come without a cost.
Jesus heals us and sets us free not so we can simply live life “our way,” but to build the kingdom of God by spreading the Christian message that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. Each of us as a Christian is called to say with Saint Paul: Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel! All of us are given this mission, we simply need to discover in what way God is calling us to accomplish it. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have access to all the graces and gifts necessary to live out this call.
Most of us are called to live out the mission Jesus gives us by being a good mother or father, a loving and devoted wife or husband, or a faithful friend. We are also called to live out God’s calling in our vocations and careers. This past week we saw a beautiful example of this at our St Angela Merici School Open House. What a great job the teachers and staff are doing at living out their vocations! Catholic schools mold, shape and change lives. There will be other times when Jesus wants us to preach the truth of the Gospel in a very literal way to those who have never heard of him. There will be times when our mission is to preach through our words, actions and lifestyle. We heard in today’s Gospel that everyone was looking for Jesus. How can we help them find Him?
Each one of us has been called by name. We have already encountered Jesus in the sacraments and the scriptures, and we have been healed of the stain of our original sin. Now God is calling us forth to proclaim this Good News to everyone. This upcoming week and throughout our lives how will we share this Good News with others?
Blessings always in Christ Jesus, Fr Dave