We need to be well and healthy in order to be effective in the service to others. There are two categories of people: those who are to serve, and those who need to be served. It has always been that way. We Christians, through our baptism, are called to serve others. But in order to do that, we ourselves need to be well in body and in spirit. You can’t serve others if you are physically ill; and in a similar way, you can’t offer prayers or spiritual support if your own spirit is weak. We need to ask the Lord to make us well in spirit and in body so that we can be ready to serve those who need our service. This is what happens in the Gospel: immediately after Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law from her fever, she served them. “He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her, and she waited on them.” If you are well and healthy, be thankful for that; and remember that you can use that for the service to others. But if you are someone who needs another’s help, ask the Lord for someone who would grasp your hand and help you.
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