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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 4, 38-44

Leaving the synagogue he went to Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in the grip of a high fever and they asked him to do something for her.

Standing over her he rebuked the fever and it left her. And she immediately got up and began to serve them.

At sunset all those who had friends suffering from diseases of one kind or another brought them to him, and laying his hands on each he cured them.

Devils too came out of many people, shouting, 'You are the Son of God.' But he warned them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

When daylight came he left the house and made his way to a lonely place. The crowds went to look for him, and when they had caught up with him they wanted to prevent him leaving them,

but he answered, 'I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.'

And he continued his proclamation in the synagogues of Judaea.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus, having gone out of the synagogue, enters Peter’s house. Immediately, the apostle’s mother-in-law is presented, sick in bed. Jesus bent over her and commanded the fever to leave her. The fever, as the evangelist writes, left her, and the woman was healed. All of Jesus’ life has been bending toward the poor, toward the weak, and in this case, toward an older woman. In her, we see all the elderly who today are surrounded by indifference and wickedness, and are forced to remain stuck in sadness, waiting for a sad end! The Lord Jesus, bending over that woman, restored her vigour to the point that, getting up out of bed, she began to serve him. The evangelist leads us to suppose that Jesus remained at home until the end of the day, and then observes that all who had ill persons brought them before the door of that house. Peter’s house - which now was also Jesus’ - was a reference point for the people of that city to bring the weak, the poor, and the sick. Everyone went to knock on that door, certain that they would be taken care of. Should it not be likewise for every parish? Should not each Christian community be a true door of hope for those who seek consolation and help? Should it not be thus for each believer? We are unfortunately far from this Gospel scene. But where this takes place, the Christian community relives the joy of the disciples as they see men and women healed by the power of the Gospel of love. We should cast away scepticism - all rationalism — about miracles. We should not understand them just as "miraculous" occurrence; there are so many ways in which miracles take place, and not just those of the body. In the Gospels, even if only 35 are listed, we often hear of "miracles, signs, and portents" worked by Jesus. This power has been granted also to the disciples, and hence, also to us. Luke’s subsequent phrase tells us from where the power to accomplish them comes. Towards dawn, the day having ended, Jesus went to a solitary place to pray, and from here came his strength. It is a great teaching for every believer: to make our prayer to the Lord at dawn means to give our day a good direction. It receives from God the power to be witnesses of his love.