For the first reading today, we begin St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians. As always, St. Paul starts with a blessing and a compliment.
In our Gospel reading from Luke 4, Simon and his family intercede with Jesus about Simon's mother-in-law, who has a severe fever. "He stood over he, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them."
While Simon's mother-in-law waiting on Jesus and the Apostles might be viewed as a cultural thing, let's take a different angle. Perhaps she was serving out of gratefulness. She had been healed and perhaps was showing her love and gratitude through acts of service. We should consider the same. By virtue of the fact that we're here means we have been healed. Don't look at healing from only a physical perspective. You have been healed of many things. Serving from a heart of love should naturally follow that.
Father, thank you for healing us. May we serve you in all things out of love and gratitude. Amen.
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