HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: The Cure of Simon’s Mother-in-Law.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, St. Paul warned the people against, and what he reminded them to avoid, as he told them that they should not be divided one against another, or be opposed to each other just because they were supporting different schools of thought, or ideologies, or preferences in the Church. He told the faithful in Corinth that whatever the missionaries and the different teachers of the faith like himself and Apollos had done, all of them were working for the greater glory of God and for the sake of His people, and all of them were all the servants of the same God, and hence, every one, every members of the Church and the faithful should be united in truth, love and purpose, and not be easily divided against each other.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In today’s gospel, Peter’s mother-in-law got sick. She must have been an ideal mother-in-law. It is because it was not only Peter who asked Jesus to cure her but also other people asked Jesus to cure her of fever. As soon as the fever left her she got up and served Jesus, Peter and the whole group of disciples. And for this she became an embodiment of gratitude-in-action after being healed. Also, she availed her house to the people who brought their sick for Jesus to be cured.
Only Jesus has the power to restore that which strays from its ultimate purpose. He reveals this by his miracles of nature. Jesus sternly rebuked the fever that plagued Simon’s mother-in-law. The power of his word was revealed. What he speaks is as good as done. Jesus, the Logos and Word of God, is the one who created all the laws of nature. Far from contradicting them, he can set nature on its right course. From his historical time to the present, the disciples continue to act in his name, trusting in his power to restore and heal.
I wish everyone a Blessed Wednesday
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
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