‘As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.’ Mark 1.29-31
I am going to spend a few days looking at this lovely, simple healing story to see what can be drawn out of it.
Perhaps the first thing to note is that this story occurs right after the group had left the synagogue where something interesting had happened. A service had just been interrupted by a man who was severely affected by an evil spirit and Jesus had immediately brought peace to him, much to everyone’s amazement. It is at this point that the group went home and discovered that Simon’s mother-in-law was sick, so they told Jesus about her. It seems that they made a connection between what they had just seen in the synagogue and the illness in the house: if Jesus could bring healing to one, then why not to the other?
The healing stories in the Gospels invite us to make the connection between these stories and our own situations. If Jesus could heal then, why shouldn’t he heal you today? As you read this story again, make the connection! It is the same Jesus, reflecting the same Father, so why not you?