Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Reflection: Mark 1:29-39

Wednesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time – Mark 1:29-39

Today in the Gospel, Jesus is ministering to the sick.  The Gospel begins as Jesus leaves the synagogue.  He and some of His disciples were going to Simon’s home.  When Jesus arrives at Simon’s house, He is told that Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a fever.  Jesus went to her, took her hand, and helped her up.  And immediately the fever left her!

As sunset was approaching, many people came to Jesus bringing their loved ones who were ill or possessed by demons.  Mark writes that Jesus immediately healed those who were sick and He also drove out the demons.  Very early the next morning, Jesus left and found a deserted place where He prayed.  He must have needed some time to be quiet, to rest, and to be alone in prayer.

If Jesus came into our town our city, would we approach Him and ask Him to heal us?  What is the healing we would hope for?  Would it be a physical illness or a spiritual need?  Would we ask Jesus to heal and restore someone we love?  Would we ask Jesus to heal our world and cleanse us of our need to control or hurt one another?  Today I invite you to reflect on the healing that you desire for yourself and for our world.  God will hear our prayer.  We may not get an immediate response but need to trust that God is at work.  God will respond.  How patient will we be?

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