February 8, 2015: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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. (Mark 1:29-39)
This passage of Mark’s gospel shows Jesus ministering to his followers in many different ways. His love and compassion for his people overflows and he heals those who need healing and teaches them what loving God is all about. He was very busy! But then we read what Jesus does to help himself be strong – He goes to a quiet place to pray – to be with his Abba Father – God renews his strength.
This week let’s remember that prayer is what keeps us connected to God, our source of strength. Before school or work or play each morning, let’s spend a little time talking in prayer with Jesus about our day.