Ten days into 2018, I am thinking not about new resolutions, but about how to do better what I am already doing. How can I better follow Jesus? I am struck by the response to Jesus of all who encounter him in today’s Gospel.
Upon seeing Simon’s mother-in-law, the disciples “told him about her at once.” Jesus acts – after their show of trust. He does not heal until he is invited in.
The response of the one who is healed is service: “she began to serve them.”
When the disciples alert Jesus of the town’s needs, His response informs our call: “Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also.” Once we have experienced healing and grown in trust, we cannot keep Jesus to ourselves. We must take not only loved ones to Him in confidence, but all the world.
This year, what or whom can you entrust to Jesus?
—Rachel Forton is the Marketing & Retreat Coordinator for Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL.