Fr. Yamil A. Samalot Rivera, OP is from Isabela, on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico. He teaches Dogmatic Theology but has also been blessed return to teaching in his original field of study and research: Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, as well as, the relationship between Theology and Postmodern Culture. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Theology and Humanities at the University of the Sacred Heart (est. 1880).
After a long day of healing, Jesus wakes early the next morning to go out to a deserted place to have time to pray. We all need intimate times of prayer in order to continue preaching and healing others.
When the people pursued Jesus across the lake, he did not admonish them, but felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Do we have that compassion for the needs of others?
In today's Gospel, Jesus heals Simon Peter's mother-in-law, who not only gets up to serve Jesus, but opens up the house to be a center of healing for all those who needed it. Are we willing to open our hearts and our homes to all who need?
Jesus tells us "Come to me all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." The prophet Isaiah proclaims that with God's help "they will run and not grow weary." Let us welcome God's healing, renewing grace into our lives so that we can extend this grace to others.