As you prepare for this retreat, pause for a few moments to set aside all distractions. Take three deep breaths. Remember that you are in the loving presence of God.
On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
Jesus walks through the door, and he is told about the woman's illness. Simon and Andrew believed that Jesus could help. His compassionate presence and the healing touch of his hand cure her. She responds by rising and offering hospitality to Jesus and the other guests. Illness isolates; healing restores. Who has not felt his or her spirits lifted during a time of illness by the presence of a friend or relative? A word or a touch can be enough to change our attitude from sadness and despair to hope and happiness. We all are called to be healers for one another.
How can I reach out today to someone who is ill?
How might I become more conscious of the healing that I can bring to others by simply being present to them?
(Speak to Jesus, using these words or words of your own.)
Jesus, you sent your disciples out to teach and to heal, showing others how close God is to those who suffer. Gift me with the grace to bring your healing presence to those who are in need.