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The First Day of Christ’s Public Ministry

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 (Mark 1:30-31).

In the Gospel from St. Mark 1:29-39, the people of Capernaum saw enough that first day of Christ’s public ministry among them to make them realize that this man from Nazareth who had come amongst them was no ordinary preacher, no ordinary rabbi, no ordinary man. They saw that He preached as one having authority; they saw that by a simple command He cast out demons and removed all bodily ailments. Our Lord did not blame them or criticize them, He knew and fully understood their slowness of mind in regard to things spiritual, and He knew that they would eventually give themselves wholeheartedly to His kingdom. They wanted to see more miracles and very likely they were hoping that He would stay on in Capernaum.. He had come on earth not to bring earthly prosperity to any town or country but to bring spiritual salvation and blessing on all people.
We Christians of today have many advantages over the people of Capernaum. They saw Christ with their bodily eyes as a man of power; we see Him with the eyes of faith as He really was and is — the Son of God who came on earth as man in order to make us sons of God.

We are members of Christ’s kingdom on earth, so that when our life here ends we shall be members of His everlasting heavenly kingdom. With all of this knowledge and with the example of the thousands and millions of saints who have lived according to this knowledge over the past nineteen hundred years and more, how active and how effective is our Christian faith in our daily thoughts and deeds?

God is merciful; Christ is patient with followers who straggle and wander, but it could be fatal to postpone for too long our call to the God of mercy. It will be too late if we delay turning to our patient Christ until we are about to die. Stop straggling and wandering off the highway today and the patient Christ will welcome you and help you back. There may be no tomorrow for you, you have no guarantee of it.