Risen People Called to Serve
Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church
I will earnestly ask Christ to cure me of my most dominant defect, taking one concrete step in acquiring its opposing virtue.
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Lord, thank you for coming into my house. I am
honored that you wish to stop by even when I don't call for you. I am extremely grateful for the
personal attention that you give me, especially when I am ill and in need of your
Lord, cure me of my spiritual ailments so I may serve you in
1. Christ Raises Us Up:
There is a certain matter-of-factness about the
cure in this Gospel passage: no special words of Jesus, no words of thanks, no reaction of the
people. It is as if Jesus simply and routinely entered a home and helped a very sick woman up and
out of bed. Not your typical miracle that draws a lot of attention. While we hope for that
long-awaited miracle in our lives, we might be overlooking one of these very ordinary cures that
Christ often offers us. In the spiritual realm, it may be a good confession, receiving him in the
Eucharist, spiritual guidance, or a regular examination of conscience. In the physical realm, it may
be just taking good care of my health by eating or sleeping properly. We don't need to demand a
special cure. Rather we must be encouraged that Christ has directed his gaze towards
2. He Helps Us to Our Feet:
Notice how quickly everything happens in today's
Gospel. Christ helps Simon's mother-in-law to her feet immediately. She cooperates without
skepticism or words of protest. She believes in Christ. His grace is effective. The cure is complete
and instantaneous. He allows us to stand up on our own and resume our duties.
3. He Cures
Us So That We Might Serve:
We are very good about pleading to Christ for cures, yet
frequently hassled when he sends us the "bill" — namely that of serving others. Simon's
mother-in-law immediately begins to serve Christ, who has put her back on her feet. She immediately
forgets about herself –– her problems, how she feels, how much time her sickness has set her back ––
and instead focuses on the needs of others. Jesus raises up Christians from the death of sin and
calls upon them to serve. Christians are risen people whose vocation is to
Conversation with Christ:
Dear Lord, everybody is looking for you. You have
put me back on my feet and have asked me to imitate your life of service. Help me to be generous
with the life you have restored in me so that I, too, might put the interests of your Kingdom above
my personal plans.
I will earnestly ask Christ to cure me of my most
dominant defect, taking one concrete step in acquiring its opposing virtue.
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