Fr. Rick’s One Minute Homily for Wednesday, 1st Week in Ordinary Time, January 11, 2023
Mark 1:29-39 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/011123.cfm
If someone we were with became deadly ill right before us, what would be our first thought? Call 911. Every minute is vital to save a person’s life. How silly it would be for us to tell the person, I’ll get a doctor later when I get around to it.
When people tell us about some difficulty or illness, we often tell them, “I will pray for you” or “I’ll keep you in my prayers.” Why wait? The disciples didn’t wait to bring Peter’s Mother-in-law to Jesus, who lay sick with a fever. Mark writes, “They immediately told Jesus about her.
Like someone becoming deathly ill and we immediately call 911, the moment of grace, the healing, reconciling power of Jesus is now the very moment people come to us with something wrong. I can’t say how many times I have done this, and people always come back and witness how the Lord has healed, led, consoled, and did only what God can do.
Pray immediately. Don’t worry about what you will say. The Holy Spirit will pray in you. The Lord Jesus will respond like any good doctor. Capture the moment of grace immediately for someone.
For instance, “Lord, I give you Lou, who is so afraid for his wife who is having surgery tomorrow. Be with her, Lord, and assure Lou that You can do only what is good for Julie. Amen.” Or: “I give you Julie, Lord, who is having surgery. Amen.”
Jesus wants an invitation as He did with Peter.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC