Sunday 4 February 2018
Week I Psalter. 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Job 7:1-4, 6-7. Psalm 146(147):1-6. 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23. Mark 1:29-39.
Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted—Psalm 146(147):1-6.
He went to a lonely place and prayed there.
Today’s readings speak of prayer, humility and taking responsibility. We see Jesus quietly and unobtrusively travelling about the countryside preaching to the people and healing them. He does not want to be acknowledged for his work but is eager to pursue his task, ‘because that is why I came’. Paul too explains how he ‘has made himself a slave of everyone … For the weak I have made myself weak.’ By becoming like the people he is ministering to he believes he can more effectively reach them.
Can we reach out humbly and quietly to those we live and work with? Can we act responsibly and justly in all our dealings with others? Can we live faithfully and prayerfully without expecting a return?