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WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, JANUARY 10, 2024



Gospel

Mk 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.


REFLECTION

For this purpose have I come.


Prior to this reading, Jesus had chosen His disciples. And together they enter the synagogue in Capernaum, a small fishing village by the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. Two of the disciples lived there and He made Capernaum the base of His ministry in Galilee. The first exorcism has taken place before this reading of the man possessed of an unclean spirit. In this reading the healing of the mother-in-law of Peter takes place. Many came to Him after the Sabbath for they heard Him speak with authority and saw His healings. Something new was about. At the end of the day Jesus showed His tenderness, His healing and His love for everyone who came to Him, undoing and destroying the works of Satan.


Today's reading ends with Jesus alone, in a deserted place with His Father, praying. He does not rouse up the disciples to join Him. They have to look for Him. When they find Him He is ready to preach and drive out demons. Everything Jesus does is a means for us to follow. He prays from the heart. He was taught by Mary and Joseph how to pray, how to join in the prayers of the synagogue. Jesus also prays alone with His Father. He seeks Him out before He makes decisions. His human will gives way to the loving will of the Father.


When He prays to the Father, He is our intercessor, praying on our behalf, giving our prayers to His Father. He has become man and sympathizes with our weaknesses, blindness, ineptness and prejudices. "His words and works are the visible manifestation of His prayer in secret." (CCC 2602) He taught us the Lord's Prayer and the Beatitudes.


As did the disciples and the people in Capernaum, seek the Lord, go looking for Him. He is definitely at Church in the tabernacle, in the Monstrance at adoration and during the Consecration at Mass. He is in the hearts of all we meet. Many times I see myself in others, because their imperfections are mine, their miscalculations and failures are mine and I have no thought but to thank Jesus for always being there helping me (us) become better loving brothers and sisters. Anytime we need God, use the most powerful prayer. Breathe in Jesus, hold it till you are about to burst, then exhale Jesus allowing the Holy Spirit to set a spark on fire.


Foremost teach as Mary and Joseph. Teach and show by example the importance of constant prayer by following the example of Jesus.


God Bless You



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