Homily of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary time

Jesus is our Divine Healer.
In the Gospel presented today he heals Simon’s mother-in-law of a fever. He heals people with all sorts of illnesses including possession which refers both to diabolic possession and psychological, or psychiatric illnesses. Jesus heals so many people that he has to find a solitary place in the desert for a few moments of union with his Father. But even then, Simon Peter and the others find him and make him go back to work.
Simon’s house also turns out to be a place of healing for many other persons. This passage teaches us some lessons: that we have a duty to present all those who are sick or suffering one problem or the other to God in prayers; we also learn that no one-believer or non-believer is immuned from life’s many problems. All men are prone to the sharpest of afflictions, one time or another. The good news is that Jesus is there to heal us.
Jesus heals. He heals the pain not just of the people of the past, but the pain of the people of today. Some receive physical healing immediately. Others receive healing in stages. Some receive a clear miracle. Others who have dedicated their lives to continuing the healing ministry of the Lord, have developed their own skills and intelligent to be vehicles of the Lord’s healing. The union with the Divine Healer is the reason why our doctors, and our nurses, and all care givers deserve our respect.
All who call out to the Lord are healed. Some are healed physically. Some are healed emotionally, able to accept their condition in life. We need to call upon the name of Jesus. All those who called upon Him for healing in the Bible did receive it. Jesus himself is a great healer and physician. Believers have a great tool for healing: THE NAME OF JESUS. The name of the Lord Jesus Christ heals. We must be able to invoke this name for our healing because it is so powerful.
Ananias also used this powerful name to heal Paul (Acts 9:34): “…Jesus Christ heals you.” After his healing, Paul became a chosen instrument that will bear the Name of Jesus to the Gentiles (Acts 9:10-19). In the 15th verse of the same chapter it is more clearly stated: “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Jesus is our Divine healer. He can heal everyone, even you! Doctors may have said that you can never be healed! Why not call upon the name of Jesus?
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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