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Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time. The reading is from Gospel of Matthew 8:14-17.

The Healing of Peter’s Mother-in-law by James Tissot

 

The Cure of Peter’s Mother-in-Law – Matthew 8:14-15

Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.

He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she rose and waited on him.

Other Healings – Matthew 8:16-17

When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

“He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

Matthew has taken the fulfillment citation “He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases” in

  • to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet: “He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (Matthew 8:17)

is from Isaaiah

  • Yet it was our pain that he bore, our sufferings he endured. We thought of him as stricken, struck down by God and afflicted, (Isaaiah 53:4)

Here, Prophet Isaiah speaks of the Servant of the Lord who suffers vicariously for the sins (“infirmities”) of others; Matthew takes the infirmities as physical afflictions.

The above passage is found in Mark and Luke also.

The Cure of Simon’s Mother-in-Law – Mark 1:29-31

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.

Other Healings – Mark 1:32-34

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.

The whole town was gathered at the door.

He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

The Cure of Simon’s Mother-in-Law – Luke 4:38-39

After he left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her.

He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.

Jesus healing the sick in Capernaum

Other Healings – Luke 4:40-41

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.

And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Messiah.

Unlike Mark and Luke, Matthew has no implied request by others to cure Peter’s mother-in-law. Jesus acts on his own initiative.

Mark and Luke say the cured woman rises and waits on “them” but Matthew says she rose and waited on him.

Mark just says “He cured many who were sick” in

  • He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. (Mark 1:34)

In Luke, we read, that “He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.

  • At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. (Luke 4:40)

The term “word” is a Matthean addition to Mark.

  • When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, (Matthew 8:16)
  • The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. (Matthew 8:8)
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