Then the fever left her and she waited on them. This line has always intrigued me. There is something special about this healing done by Jesus. (Healings which, among other things, always speak metaphorically of our healing from sin) It has a different feel than so many others. Later in this same Gospel passage the people are coming from all over the town, jammed around the door for Jesus to heal them. In other miracles of healing the one who is eventually healed calls out dramatically to Jesus or Jesus is pulled somewhere specifically to heal another. Now, I don’t make this distinction between Simon’s mother-in-law and, for example, the man with the unclean spirit in yesterday’s Gospel, to decry those other healings. Jesus always welcomes the repentant sinner and is joyful for their return. I just wish to make a distinction that the story of Simon’s mother-in-law is an important way among many of encountering the Lord.
Simon’s mother-in-law was sick, just as we are all sinners, but the manner of her healing was so subtle that we might miss its point. She didn’t come loudly crying out to Jesus. In fact, I get the impression that Simon didn’t even know she was sick until they got there. Here’s what I think she did that we should pay attention to: She kept herself and the house in order so that she was prepared to receive and serve Christ when he came. All she did was ready her house so that when the Lord entered all was in order to receive him. She was able to serve immediately upon being healed.
What does this mean for us? I think it means that while there will be times that we’ll need to call out dramatically to Jesus most of our life of faith is spent simply keeping our spiritual homes in order so that when He calls on us we are ready to be healed and to serve him all the more. Let us be like Simon's mother-in-law, ready to receive the Lord and be healed by him when he comes to us.