Sunday 7 February 2021

About Today Readings

Job 7:1-4, 6-7. Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted – Psalm 146(147):1-6. 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23. Mark 1:29-39.

My life is but a breath

Surely if there were an official Bible reading for the coronavirus pandemic, it would be today’s first reading from Job? I sincerely hope as you read this in February 2021 2021, that the realities of COVID-19 are not so harsh as they are for me as I write this, in the middle of Stage Four lockdown in Melbourne. Things are tough, but Job still turns to God in his despair.

“Month after month I have nothing to live for;
night after night brings me grief.”

You said it, Job.

The psalmist provides us with the antidote, praise for a God who heals the broken-hearted. When we take on gratitude, it becomes much harder to feel despair. In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals many people. The account of Jesus healing Simon’s mother-in-law reminds us that Simon is married. Jesus calls both the married and the celibate to discipleship.

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