Meditation for Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year
(Heb 2:14-18; Mk 1:29-39)
Today the Letter to the Hebrews reflects on the fact that Jesus shares our human nature, not in a superficial way, but reality. We now have a BLOOD relationship with Him. The implication of this is that by shedding His blood on the cross, he destroyed the devil, who had the power of death, “And deliver those who through FEAR of death were subject to lifelong bondage.” Jesus being like us in every respect except sin, He has become a merciful and faithful high priest to make expiation for the sins of the people. “For because He has suffered and been tempted, He can help those who are tempted.”
In turn, this BLOOD RELATIONSHIP gives us the confidence to approach Jesus and bring Him ‘home’ as Simon and Andrew did in the Gospel of today. Imagine the freedom with which Jesus entered the house of Simon’s mother-in-law, who lay sick with fever! “And He came and took her by the hand and lifted her, and the fever left her, and she served them.” By her SERVING, she made a ‘home’ for Jesus in her house. In other words, they became ONE FAMILY with Jesus. From His ‘new home’, Jesus attended to many who were sick and cast out demons.
As our brother, the mercy and compassion of Jesus are assured. Therefore, let us make a home for Him in our hearts. Since He shares our human nature, He is in touch with our every situation, and He heals us from within…Amen!
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Wednesday, January 13th, 2021.