The Dudes of Capernaum 022512
One could actually find a reason here for supporting sainthood for Simon’s mother. The story’s location is Simon (Peter’s) house in the village of Capernaum. Simon Peter’s mother-in-law is healed by Jesus after leaving the synagogue in Capernaum, where Jesus preached it is told.
Jesus was staying there with Peter, Peter’s wife (who is not mentioned, Peter’s mother-in-law and also James, Andrew, John and the tax collector, Matthew. Everyone of these guys is unmarried, though old enough to marry, and no one seems to have a job, although Peter does get everyone to help him fish from time to time.
I think Simon Peter’s mother-in-law deserves sainthood because I recall when I was one of several dudes sleeping on a widow’s living room floor, or crashing in the family room etc. after a rock n’ roll concert, or something. I think that all such women deserve sainthood for allowing room for the homeless, feeding a scruffy group breakfast, and being a saint about it all.
What would it be like if several 30-year old single men (5! including Jesus) needed to share your home? Certainly, it was Peter’s house, but any man who thinks he owns the house and home has not been married .And Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever!
But many people would not have tolerated Jesus and his dudes, even if Jesus claimed he was the Messiah. But they did tolerate those dudes, and together they have changed the world. Blessings to that household!
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1Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.
2The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy in the land. You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.
3The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities.
4As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5My enemies wonder in malice when I will die, and my name perish.
6And when they come to see me, they utter empty words, while their hearts gather mischief; when they go out, they tell it abroad.
7All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.
8They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me, that I will not rise again from where I lie.
9Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.
10But you, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.
11By this I know that you are pleased with me; because my enemy has not triumphed over me.
12But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.
13Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
39At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. 2Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. 3Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and said to him, “What did these men say? From where did they come to you?” Hezekiah answered, “They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.” 4He said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.”
5Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: 6Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord. 7Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 8Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.”
38After 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. 39Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them. 40As 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. 41Demons 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.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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