Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (I) (16th January, 2019) on the Gospel
Heb 2:14-18;
Ps 104:1-4.6-9. (R. v. 8);
Mk 1:29-39.
Topic: If you truly need Jesus.
From the synagogue Jesus went to Simon and Andrew’s house where He met Simon’s mother-in-law with a fever. They told Him about her at once. Jesus went and took her by the hand and lifted her up. The fever left her and she began to serve them.
We must recall that Simon and Andrew were among the disciples Jesus called in the gospel pericope we read two days ago. Today Jesus went to their house from the synagogue. And interestingly neither Peter nor Andrew nor someone else invited Him to their house.
Every disciple of Jesus is Jesus’ friend, cf. Jn 15:15. And a friend does not need any invitation to visit his or her friend.
In the first book of Samuel we read:
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honour. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and on them he has set the world (1Sam 2:8).
Certainly, we all need Jesus to assist us in different ways. But anyone who truly needs Jesus must first do one thing: he or she must befriend Him by doing His will, cf. Mk 3:35; Jn 15:14. Jesus also tells us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and everything shall be ours as well, cf. Matt 6:33; Lk 12:31. God repays all according to his or her works, cf. Is 59:18; Rom 2:6; 1Cor 3:8; 1Pt 1:17. So, Jesus first and the rest shall be ours.
Bible Reading: Ps 91.
Thought for today: Befriending Jesus.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, assist us in our efforts to be truly your friends – Amen.
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