Body and Blood of Christ

Curing a possessed man and

Simon's Mother- in - law

Luke 4: 31-41


In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, "Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God."synagogue But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, "What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!"  And a report about him began to reach every place in the region. After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them. As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them.  Demons also came out of many, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.

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Simon’s Mother-in-law



his is not just a nice story about a mother-in-law for a change. In the gospel of Mark it is one of the first and one of the shortest of the miracles of Jesus showing clearly the pattern of how most miracles are told in the gospels.
Peter’s house

The story tells us nothing about what caused the sickness or how Peter’s wife coped with the big influx of visitors into Peter’s house when Jesus came with his disciples. Instead we are given the bare essentials:

Setting: Jesus enters Peter’s house; he is told about the illness.

Healing Encounter: Jesus takes her by the hand and the fever leaves her.

Sequel: She begins to serve them.

The word, serve (diakonein) is the same word from which "deacon" comes. That there is more to the mother-in-law’s ministry than just serving up the food is clear from Matthew’s gospel where it says she ministered to him – a phrase that elsewhere in the gospels means becoming a disciple of Jesus. For the early Church this was not just a nice story about a mother-in-law but a call to all disciples of Jesus to bring their weaknesses to him, have them healed and then be willing to serve others in his name.

The miracles of the gospels are told in a highly programmed way:

Setting: Topics are given like where the miracle was to take place; who would be involved; what was wrong with the person to be healed.

Healing Encounter: The actual meeting of Jesus with the person is outlined; his healing response either by touch or by word; what happens to the person.

Sequel: Reaction of the person healed or the bystanders; sometimes Jesus commands the people to stay silent or to proclaim the event.

                                                                                    Celine Mangan,

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This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists

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Unfolding the Story of jesus

Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries

Unfolding the story of jesus