In today’s Gospel Jesus cures Simon Peter’s mother-in-law.
He cures many other people.
He frees people from the power of the devil.
After doing all these things He goes to a quiet place by Himself to pray. His prayer gives Him strength and clarity.
Jesus is the great healer. He heals from spiritual as well as physical illness. He heals the whole person.
When people come looking for Him, impressed by what He has done, He does not hold on to being ‘famous’ or to any kudos for Himself.
He needs to move on to continue preaching to many others, proclaiming the Good News in many places.
He goes on preaching and casting out devils.
He overcomes the power of oppression and all that comes with it. Jesus is more powerful than the devils.
Job is in trouble in the first reading. Everything has gone wrong in his life. His children have died, his flocks have been stolen, he gets sick. Life becomes an oppressive drudgery. He cries out because everything is so bad.
In the Psalm we cry out ‘praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted’.
This is a reminder to try to hold on to gratitude for the good that there is, even when things go so wrong.
In our own realities, God promises to be with us. This remains true even when there is illness, or even death. Whatever are our challenges, God remains with us.
Physical healings do happen, but not always. When illness persists, we are still given the strength not to become trapped.
God gives us the strength to deal with our challenges.
This is, of course, true of spiritual healings as well.
God is our strength when we deal with our spiritual challenges, our sins, our weak faith, etc.
We are also empowered to be living reminders, wounded healers, beacons of hope! Hope that Jesus gives us.