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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday, 1st week in the Ordinary time Download This Homily

JANUARY 16, 2019

Wednesday, 1st week in the Ordinary time

 

Hebrews 2:14-18 ;

 Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9;

Gospel MK 1:29-39


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.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you." He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come." So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

 

 

Miracles of Jesus

 

Sometimes we hear about miracles happening and people throng to such places to see the miracles. Very often these miracles are happening in the context of religious beliefs. O My God, a highly satirical Hindi movie, has such a scene. The main character of the movie spreads a rumor that God, Janapathi will drink milk on a particular day and at a particular time. Believing the rumor many religiously minded people give milk to Ganpathi. These kinds of miracles are happening in different religions. Once news appeared in the electronic media that at a particular place blood started oozing from the eyes of the statue of Blessed Virgin Mary and people started thronging to that place to witness the miracle.


If we closely examine the Gospels we find that these kinds of miracles have no place in the life of Jesus. In fact, when Jesus was asked by the devil to convert stones into bread and to jump from the pinnacle of a mountain without hurting himself, Jesus stoutly refused to perform such miracles or tricks. In the life of Jesus miracles happened when he responded to the needs of the people, when he expressed his care and concern to the needy. Most of the miracles of Jesus are related to healing and as we know, healing is not only a physical phenomenon, but also a spiritual and psychosomatic one. Love, affection and care can heal many psychosomatic diseases without any medicines.  In the Gospel passage of today we read about Jesus healing Simon’s mother-in-law of fever and many others of various sicknesses.


I believe that miracle can happen in our lives too when we are genuinely concerned about others and reach out to them selflessly. Mother Theresa started her mission with only Rs. 5/-. Was it not a miracle that she could reach out to thousands of destitutes, the unwanted and the rejected in the society and impart to them consolation, healing and hope? There is no need for running after the miracles like blood oozing from a statue or blood appearing in the mouth of a person just after Holy Communion. Promoting belief in such miracles/tricks may lead to superstitions and even obscurantism. It may not lead to genuine spiritual growth in a person.


Rev. Fr. Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI


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