On leaving the synagogue
Jesus 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.
It is very interesting that Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, after she was healed, she “waited on them.” The Greek term is the formal term for ministry from which we get the word diakonos (deacon--servant). She didn’t go about saying, “Look at me, I’ve been healed!” She served them—she was a “deacon” to them. I think of my good friend, Deacon Joan Marshall (1929-2004), from All Souls Episcopal Cathedral in Asheville, NC. Deacon Joan reached out to those no one else would welcome. She was an inspiration to me and to many others. I remember her with joy.