1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Psalm 33:12-15 &20-21, Luke 4:38-44
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
My Beloved, we are not truly conformed to You if we continue to allow jealousy, envy and discord to mar our relations with our brothers and sisters. We all work towards the same end, to witness to You, to cooperate with You and with those who work for Your Kingdom. It is You alone who makes our work fruitful, we on our part must be faithful to the call and give it all we have got. The whole purpose of evangelization is that all may come to know You, love You and worship You as the Lamb of God who atoned for the sins of the world and saved us. God will reward us according to the sincerity of our labor.
Psalm 33:12-15 &20-21
My Beloved, my Lord and my God, You look down from heaven to earth and its people whom You have redeemed. Yours is the work of salvation that brought us life. Those who toil in the vineyard are called by You to work side by side each using the various gifts given to us by You to make Your Name known and glorified. It is You who render the work fruitful as men and women come to know, love and worship You; You who are true God and true Man.
Our hope is in You we long for Your return, the greater our hope the more intense will be our labor for You have saved us, You are our help and our shield, we rejoice because we know we have not trusted in vain.
My Beloved, in today's Gospel passage we have a glimpse of Your life and You work. You left the synagogue to go to Simon's home and was told that his mother-in-law was sick. They urged You to help her. You are not indifferent to our pleas, You bend over her lovingly demonstrating to us how God always stoops over us in tender compassion and You healed her. Restored to health she serves. We too must remember that we are called to serve.
At sunset the people brought all their sick to You and not one was turned away. You touched each one and healed them. It is personal, You are not indifferent to our pain and suffering but You empathise with us and desire to make us whole.
By the time everyone left You would have been exhausted but would have slept only a few hours because You woke up at dawn to be alone with Your Father, to be refreshed in His Presence. But the people would not leave You alone they came looking for You and when they found You they wanted You to stay with them. You told them that You had a mission and You would not rest until that mission was accomplished.