They tried to prevent Him from leaving them. But He said to them, "To the other towns also I must proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God because for this purpose I have been sent."
The Gospel today talks about four different events; the cure of Peter’s mother-in-law, the cure of many sick people, the prayer of Jesus in a deserted place, and His insistence on the focus of His mission.
Scripture has a way of helping us to learn about how to live life. In the first reading, Paul models for us how to be grateful for all of the people who come into and go out of our lives, many of whom leave footprints on our hearts. (Developing an attitude of gratitude!)
The Gospel reading begins with the story of Jesus curing Peter’s mother-in-law. After her cure, "She got up immediately and waited on them." (Developing an attitude of service!)
After the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, the people brought to Him all who were sick with various diseases and He healed them also. (Developing an attitude of preferential treatment for the poor and marginalized !)
It is interesting to note that Jesus spent time in prayer before and after. "He left the synagogue and went to a deserted place, "bringing healing and wholeness into peoples’ lives. (Developing an attitude of prayerfulness!)
The crowds wanted Jesus to remain, but He reminded them that He must continue to move on and stay focused on the mission given to Him by His Father. (Developing an attitude of discernment!)
Reflecting on Scripture helps us to develop attitudes and skills that help us each day to live out Jesus’ two great commands: LOVE GOD AND LOVE GOD’S PEOPLE.
Deacon Brian Clements was formerly on the staff at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center in Sierra Madre, California