The most difficult times can produce the greatest spiritual blessings. God truly knows just what we need at every moment!

Saturday, February 07, 2015

5th Sunday of the Ordinary Time – B

Job 7,1-4.6-7
1Cor 9,16-19.22-23
Mark 1,29-39

Sunday reflection

Today's miracle occurred on a Saturday. Since Jesus was a Jew, He had spent the whole morning in the synagogue at worship. Do you worship weekly? If no, Christ says to you, "Gimmeabreak."

The miracle site was Caphernaum. Since Caphernaum was Peter's hometown, he wisely invited Jesus home for a lunch. Incidentally, one suspects Peter's house was a welcoming home. Is ours?

Even before the Master finishes His lunch, Peter presents the request. Notice Peter had no hesitation in asking Jesus for a cure. He knew He was able to do it. Why then do we drag our feet in bringing our needs to Christ? We know that He is able to do it!

Today all of us are told that when we are suffering, in any manner whatsoever, we must reach out to the presence of God in every aspect of life. We believe that He is present for us and with us through it all. We believe that He cries out with us sharing our pain. Now, we must use this special presence of the Lord as a way to come closer to the God who loves us, Who was one of us, Who died for us and Who gave his life, eternal life, to us.

So we ask our God, "When the difficulties of our human condition weigh heavily upon us, dear Lord and Divine Lover, teach us how to pray."

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