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The Gospel of Matthew tells us the story of Jesus going to the home of St. Peter where Peter’s mother-in-law is sick with a fever. “Jesus went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them” (Matt: 1:28). We don’t know what Peter’s mother-in-law served that group for supper. As a matter of fact we never hear of Peter’s mother-in-law again. The story is told to simply indicate that Jesus saw someone who was sick and was moved to heal her. (As a side note we do know from this story that St. Peter was married and history tells us that we had married priests in the Roman Catholic Church for the first 1,000 years of our history.)
You and I do not have the power to instantaneously heal a broken leg or the ravages of cancer. We do, however, have power within us. Often we don’t use the power we have. We can bring joy to someone through a phone call or an e-mail. We can visit the sick, support those who have lost a loved one. We can smile at the stranger we pass on the street. All these are ways of bringing a bit of joy into the life of another.
My prayer for you in the weeks ahead is that you will bring joy to those you meet in whatever way you have the power to do so.
Thank you for your donation and your prayerful support of the Perpetual Help TV Devotions.
Know that ALL your intentions, those written and those carried in your heart, will be included in our Masses and prayers during the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help in June and into the summer months.
In the Holy Redeemer,
Fr. Babu Mathew, C.Ss.R.