5th Sun B
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus is told that everyone is looking for him. Why? Because he had healed their sick and cast out demons from their midst. He was the extraordinary wonderworker and the people wanted more. They wanted Jesus because of what he could do for them. As we do. But is that all?
Catherine of Siena said that we have only truly received a gift from God when we have given it away. The proper response to the gift of Jesus was shown by Peter’s mother-in-law. Having been served by Jesus in her healing, she served him and his disciples. She didn’t take a rest after her fever, or go out and tell the neighbours, or make a fuss about what had happened, or even about Jesus’ extraordinary powers. No, she took up the ordinary tasks that needed to be done. She had guests – she served them. How must Jesus have loved her! This was a woman who really understood his message, who had gotten the heart of his Gospel. It is so easy to expect faith to be revealed in exceptional circumstances, when it can be shown in simple actions, even as simple as serving a meal.