1SAMUEL 3:1-10, 19-20; PSALM 40; MARK 1:29-39
The Gospel of today presents us with the healing ministry of Jesus. The healing ministry is all encompassing; it involves teaching (Mark 1:21); deliverance (Mark 1: 25); healing (Mark 1:29-34); praying (Mark 1:35); preaching (Mark 1:39). These categories capture the manifesto of Jesus Christ in Luke 4:18. Therefore, in Christ’s ministry a part is not separated from the whole. The healing ministry of Jesus does not only focus on the physical restoration of a sick person but the absolute restoration of man back to God. And so, salvation is the best healing a man can receive. What are ministers doing today? What do think about healing ministry? Where is the message of salvation in today’s ‘Healing Centers’? Beloved, God continues to call men into ministry; but like Samuel in the first reading we must learn to say; ‘speak Lord your servant is listening’ and as today’s psalm instructed; let us do Lord’s will.
Father, may we not focus on particular healing at the detriment of the message of salvation. Guide us in the exercise of the ministry you have given to us. Prompt our actions with your grace. Amen!