I’ve been pondering a bit about when Jesus healed the Mother In Law. In Mark’s gospel, this is the first healing, does that have a significance? Maybe. What always strikes me, is that the dear lady doesn’t get up, jump about the place, go and tell her mates, no she goes into the matriarchal role of serving the visitors, as was the custom of hospitality of the time. Did she realise it was a Godly healing? She must have done! But maybe she was just thanking Jesus in the only way she knew how. How often when we’re filled with thankfulness and praise do we feel frustrated ? God doesn’t need anything from us apart from his love. In the freedom of this age we can sit and thank and praise in the spirit, or dance, or sing, or join a service. But what, when we in our humanity want to do SOMETHING for God?
Often when we visit a Chapel here in Austria, there are little pictures, thanking God, even waxen images of the healing, I’ve seen limbs and animals. In places of many healings, there are all sorts of pictures, especially the bleeding heart. I’m sure God does love these offerings as they are giving in a true spirit if love and thankfulness. He’s not the Old Testament form of God, sat on a throne demanding our praise and worship. He wants the one to one with us. So I no longer dismiss the pictures and ornaments, they are an offering of love, and so are beautiful. I just still feel a little sorry that the Church culture here means they don’t see how to thank him in spirit.
Mark One, 29
Jesus Heals Many
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her.31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.