Jesus Heals Many at Simon’s House
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
As it was in Biblical times, it remains in today’s culture that folks should not touch a person who is inflected with one of the ‘many kinds of fevers.’ Touching persons with a fever would label them unclean. Jesus, on the other hand, not only astonished the people with His powerful acts of healing, but He astounded them because He touched the infected people. For me, the important take away is Jesus could have healed Simon’s mother-in-law by snapping His fingers; but rather, Jesus got up close and personal demonstrating the love He has for His people. I think Simon’s mother-in-law realized this as well, which is why she suddenly got up and began to serve Him. This was not done from a sense of duty, but it was done as a show of gratitude.
Loving God, We are grateful to be able to be witness to Jesus’ Love for us every day. Amen.