We have all been sick at one time or another, sick in body, mind, or spirit. You may even be suffering now in one or all these ways.


Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with a fever”[1]and Jesus, just having released a man from an unclean spirit[2] by an authoritative word, is called upon to heal her.


It is still the Sabbath, so supposedly, breaking the law once again as he is intent on healing her, he approaches the woman.  Not by word this time does he heal, but by touch for he takes her by the hand he ignored any purity rules that would forbid it for he wants to sick woman to feel his healing power.[3] He “helps her up[4] - she is now standing up so he is “thereby restoring her active dignity[5] “and the fever left her, and she began to wait on them.[6] Jesus serves and we, like Simon’s mother-in-law are called to serve others.


Good news can travel as fast as unwelcome news. For by evening, “they brought him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils.[7] The surgery is full, so to speak. Jesus once again responds to the call of acting on behalf of his Father, to minister healing.


Ministry is accomplished through prayer. Jesus gives us the example because “long before dawn…he went off to a lonely place and prayed there.[8] We cannot do deeds of Christian love without being in contact with Love, Itself. So, we are called upon to go off to our deserted place to pray so that we will transformed by Love.


Where and when do you go to your deserted place?


Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP





[1] Mk.1:30

[2] Mk.1:27

[3] https://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/2018/02/04-february-fifth-sunday-ord-time/

[4] Mk.1:31

[5] https://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/2018/02/04-february-fifth-sunday-ord-time/

[6] Ibid.

[7] Mk.1:32-34

[8] Mk.1:35


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