DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 1:29-39
On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
When I read the Gospel today I remember what Jerome, an early church bible scholar and translator (347-420), reflects on this passage. He writes, “Can you imagine Jesus standing before your bed and you continue sleeping? It is absurd that you would remain in bed in his presence. Where is Jesus? He is already here offering himself to us. ‘In the middle,’ he says, ‘among you he stands, whom you do not recognize’ (see John 1:26) ‘The kingdom of God is in your midst’ (Mark 1:15).
Faith beholds Jesus among us. If we are unable to seize his hand, let us prostrate ourselves at his feet. If we are unable to reach his head, let us wash his feet with our tears. Our repentance is the perfume of the Savior. See how costly is the compassion of the Savior.”
Let’s allow Jesus Christ to be the Lord and healer in our personal lives, families, and communities. Let’s approach him with expectant faith. Jesus’ healing power restores us not only to health our lives but also to activate our services and cares of others.
Jesus Christ is really with us in his presence through Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist. He is already here offering himself to us. He stands among us. Let’s take our troubles to him with expectant faith that he will help us. There are no troubles he does not want to help us with and there are no bondages he can’t set us free from.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you have all power to heal and to deliver us from harm. There is no trouble nor bondage you cannot overcome. Set us free to serve you joyfully and to love and serve others generously now and forever. Amen.
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