In the First Reading, St Paul addresses the discord in the church in Corinth. It seems like there were factions each claiming to be a follower of Paul or of Apollos. Paul corrects them saying the Church is not divided because we do not follow any human leader. The individual leaders are not in competition, but they complement each other. Paul said I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. As Christians, we should all be united in Christ. But this unity must be grounded in the truth of Christ. The unity is not a result of compromise or tolerance. This is why for Catholics, the Pope is the symbol of unity in the Church because he is the guardian of the Truth as revealed by Jesus. Note I said guardian and not definer of the Truth. His role is not to define something new. His role is to guard and explain the Truth of Jesus Christ. The Pope and bishops, priests and deacons have no right nor power to change the Truth of Christ. This is why Catholics need to learn about the faith and not just believe anything anyone says. How can we know the Truth if we do not know Christ? If a Bishop, priest or deacon preaches something different from what the Apostles taught, we know they seek the praises of men rather than of God.
In the Gospel today, Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law after he left the synagogue. And once the Sabbath restrictions have expired, many brought people to Jesus for him to cure. People came to see Jesus and not someone else. Which is why the next day, Jesus left for a deserted place and people looked for him.
In these times of social media, many tend to follow some leader, or preacher. But we must remember, it is Jesus Christ we seek. Many Christians have fallen away because they had been so enamored by their pastor or preacher such that when the person they idolize falls, these get disheartened. While we respect to our pastors and preachers, they are not our saviors. There is only one Savior: Jesus Christ who will never disappoint us.
The Psalm tells us: Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. We are blessed if God is our Lord, if we run after him, if we crave for him, if we search for him. Jesus is the only One who satisfies our hunger. He is the only One who gives peace. He is the only One who saves.
If you are searching for peace in your life, do not run after any human being. Despite the eloquence of their words, they will not save. Come to the True Savior: Jesus Christ.
Lord, open my eyes so I can see where you are, that I may run to you. Give me peace that I seek, one that is grounded in you. May I never fall for the eloquence of men. Instead, let me trust only in your Word.