Wednesday of the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time
I Corinthians 3:1-9
A goal we should have is to go to mass as often as we are able. It is the best thing we are going to do this day. It is not recess, although that will be fun, it is not the big gluten-free brownie I have on my kitchen counter, just waiting for me to enjoy. The best thing, is knowing the power and love of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
In our first reading, St. Paul says, “I have tried to talk to you as mature people, but you are like children.” Paul has something very important to share, and the people are not spiritual ready to hear it. Thank God, you school children are here today, because there may be someone who thinks Paul is only talking to you. Paul is talking to all of us, to grow up in our faith and be mature in Christ.
In our Gospel, Jesus has a message that will need a mature faith to get it and understand it. As Jesus leaves the synagogue, he enters the home of Simon, where his mother-in-law is sick with a fever. He heals her, and then all who are sick or are in need of any kind of healing are brought to him. When he is tired and needs some time alone he retreats to a quiet place. The people follow him and beg him to stay. He tells them he needs to move on for there are others who are in need of his healing.
My friends in Christ, the people who need to be healed are us. We need to grow up, and believe in the healing power of Jesus Christ. He has come to save us, to be with us, to hold us, and to strengthen us. Let us give thanks for all that God is doing in our lives?