Wednesday 10 January 2018

About Today Readings

St Peter Orseolo.

1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20. Psalm 39(40):2, 5, 7-10. Mark 1:29-39.

Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will—Psalm 39(40):2, 5, 7-10.

The whole town came crowding round the door.

Today’s events give us an idea of the charism of Jesus’ presence. Prior to this Jesus had amazed the people with his wisdom and authority. It is this same power he uses to cure Simon’s mother-in-law and the many sick who crowded round the door.

We also see Jesus in his humanness when he gets up the next morning well before dawn to go and pray. He needed to draw strength from God to continue the work of healing and teaching. It seems that his solitude was short-lived. When his followers found him, did Jesus tell them to leave him in peace for a while? No, he was ready to proclaim the message in the neighbouring country.

Today’s readings are all about service. Samuel learns that he has been called to serve God. Can we too echo his words, and the words of the psalm? ‘Here I am Lord—my delight is to do your will.’

 

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