After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them. As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Demons also came out of many, shouting, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah. At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.’ So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.
Today is Wednesday the 4th of September, in the twenty second week of Ordinary Time.
Luke Parker sings, ‘My Soul Lays Bare’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
This passage describes a fairly typical afternoon, evening, night and early morning in the life of Jesus. Imagine being with him that day. What do you notice especially about what he does, or how the people around him react?
In the middle of all this activity, Jesus feels to need to go into a “deserted place”. Can you recognise that same need at times in your own life? If so, how do you go about meeting it?
Jesus is very much aware of being sent by God on a mission. His mission is to “proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God”. How might you describe your own sense of having been set into the world by God for a particular purpose?
Hearing the passage again, notice each of the different people whose lives Jesus touches on this particular day.
As the prayer comes to an end, think of one person whose life you might touch today, and talk with God about them.