Luke 4: 38-44
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.
At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
We live in a material world. We live in a consumerist world. We see things, we want things, we buy things, we use things, and we throw them away. We do this with food, we do this with household items, we do this with automobiles, and sadly yes we even are now doing it with people, including ourselves.
Once upon a time not so long ago, we use to have this idea that there was something out there greater than us that transcended our world. We as a society for the most part lived in a hope of eternal life. We understood there was a consequence for every one of our actions. For those who lived their lives for God and died in His saving Grace, we’d receive our eternal reward. For those who didn’t, eternal punishment.
So what happened? We stopped relying on God and putting God in the center of our lives, and replaced Him with the gods of our own creation. These gods were gods that made us feel good about what we did. These gods didn’t have consequences for our actions. Instead of filling holes in our hearts, these gods made them bigger. As the holes in our hearts grow bigger, we try and fill them in with comfortable feel good things. Sinful things. Material things. The irony of course is that we don’t want to give ourselves over the the very person that can save us.
In my own life, the further I stray away from God, the easier it is to reject Him, except that He is the only one that can heal me through His Son Jesus. At times I am too stupid and blinded by my own sin to see and know that. We all are. Just read Chapter 1 of Romans. That’s where God’s grace comes in. God’s Grace can zap us back into reality and give us that urge to seek repentance and reconcile ourselves to Him. Sometimes we get that little zap from a friend or family member who comes to us and tells us that we are heading down the wrong path.
Today, we are so blinded by our sin, that we no longer see or desire what’s in awaiting us. Some people don’t care anymore. Some people are having too much ‘fun’ and procrastinate saying they will make things right with God on their deathbed. While others think that they have a blank check of salvation and believe they can do whatever they want. There are any number of reasons why people don’t give their Salvation much thought anymore. Personally, I think is that because we are such a material society, that because Heaven or Hell aren’t tangible things, (things you can hold in your hand, or see for yourself) people don’t give it much thought until it’s too late.
Today’s Gospel tells us of Jesus healing people with illness. Physical Illness. People saw the fruits of His healing and they wanted to be healed themselves or had friends or family members that they thought needed healing too. If you had a terminal disease and you knew that Jesus was the only way to be healed, you’d be the first in line wouldn’t you? I would. But why aren’t we all in line to have our soul healed by the same physician? It’s because we are too blinded by our own sin to know we are sick. It’s because we can’t touch, hold, and see Heaven right now so we really don’t think of our eternal Salvation. It’s because we love ourselves so much we don’t want to give up on our own gods for the one true God. The further we get from God, the more we desire Him. Jesus is the only way to do that. We just have to let Him.
Thought for the day: When we are sick, do we tell the doctor we know more than him? Do we take the medicine given to us and throw it away because we can make our own? Do we only go to the doctor when sick or do we go for the occasional follow up, the occasional checkup, or the occasional annual physical? Do we listen to our doctor more than we listen to Jesus?