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Soul Food for The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 4th February 2024

Reflections 4th February 2024
Mark 1:29-39

The Author: John Laizer C.S.Sp.
calendar_today Date: February 1, 2024 - 2 minutes read

“The fever left her and she began to wait on them.” (Mk 29:31).

Looking through the Gospel for today, the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, there is something worth observing from which we may draw a lesson that can be applied to ourselves.

From the look of things, Jesus was very busy in this passage of Mark’s gospel. After leaving the synagogue in the afternoon, he continued with his work of healing – being swamped by people wanting to be cured of their illnesses and other troubles – travelling and preaching in between all that – all in about 24 hours! It was an amazing series of moments.

After I read and reflected on this gospel portion, the line that jumped out at me was: “The fever left her and she began to wait on them.” (Mk 29:31).

Today with the many challenges that life can pose, probably many of us are –  like Simon Peter’s mother-in-law – overwhelmed and weighed down by doubts, anxiety and guilt.

Through our daily prayers and our participation in the celebration of the Eucharist, God wants to heal, empower and strengthen us to carry out  our mission more vigorously, helping others just as Jesus took Simon’s mother-in-law by the hand in a wonderful gesture of friendship, compassion, love, care and support.

What healing do you desire for yourself and our world, our families, our nation?

The healing process takes time. We trust that God is at work. How patient will we be?

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John Laizer C.S.Sp.

From Tanzania, Fr John was ordained in 2000 and served in Zimbabwe. He has been a member of the Irish Spiritan Province’s leadership team and has done pastoral work in both Dublin and Elphin dioceses, as well as serving in ‘Promotions’. He resides in Kimmage.