Gospel - January 14, 2015
It comes as no surprise that once Simon’s mother-in-law was cured, she rose and started serving those around her. Mothers often feel like their task lists are endless. I admit that often I view my life’s work as a series of ongoing checklists. Did Jesus feel the same way as the whole city gathered around the door? Preach to thousands in Galilee; heal the sick; cast out demons. Was he overwhelmed by the tasks he “came out to do”?
Today’s Gospel describes how Jesus rises early the next morning, takes himself away from everyone, and prays. When Jesus’ companions find him, he gets up and they move on. He had tasks to do and he does them.
We are called to be like Jesus and care for others. It is easy to keep ourselves busy and serve in our homes, our churches, and our communities. We are also called to be like Jesus in our prayer lives. It is hard to take ourselves away from our lists and make time for prayer, but doesn’t this rejuvenation enable us to better tackle the tasks placed before us?
Though we may not be able to go off to a deserted place in the wee hours of the morning to pray, we must remember to set ourselves apart from our distractions, even if for a moment. As Pope Francis says, prayer is “opening the door to the Lord so that he will come.” Let Jesus come into our hearts today and be with us in our daily tasks.
Caroline (Giannuzzi) Connor ‘94
Lord, in healing Simon’s mother-in-law you restored his family. We need you to restore health to us, and to our family and friends. Please guide us to do all we can to bring healing and comfort to our minds and bodies and to those we love. Remove our anxiety and give us that peace and hope that surpasses human understanding. Amen.
Father Herbert Yost, C.S.C.