Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: He cured many who were sick.

Mark’s Gospel presents us with a portrait of Jesus, and this Sunday we see something of his life in a day. Having taught in the synagogue in the morning, he spends the rest of the day healing. Then he needs some time to rest and to pray.

The readings invite us to bring ourselves, our difficulties and worries to the one who can help us. He also teaches us that we too need to spend time in prayer, as he himself did.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

Job began to speak: ‘Is not a man’s life on earth nothing more than pressed service, his time no better than hired drudgery? (Job 7:1)

  • Job has lost everything, his wealth, his health and his family. Have you every felt as bereft as Job is?
  • How do you cope with negative or depressing feelings?
  • Is there anyone in your life who sounds like Job?
  • What does the Lord say in the darkness of loss and pain?

Monday.

Praise the Lord who heals the broken hearted. (Psalm 146:3)

  • What part does praise play in your prayer life?
  • When have you experienced the healing of the Lord?
  • Who comes to mind who needs the healing of the Lord? Bring them to him in prayer.
  • What healing does the Lord have for you just now?

Tuesday.

Praise the Lord for he is good; sing to our God for he is loving. (Psalm 146:1)

  • Make a list of how the Lord has shown his goodness to you?
  • How has God shown his love for you most commonly?
  • Is there a hymn that comes to mind that you want to sing to God just now?
  • Allow the Lord to speak of his love for you just now.

Wednesday.

I made myself all things to all men in order to save some at any cost; and I still do this, for the sake of the Gospel, to have a share in its blessing. (1 Cor 9:23)

  • St Paul was on fire for the Gospel. When have you shared his enthusiasm?
  • Is there someone who is lost just now and needs the saving power of God? Can you communicate that to them?
  • When have you experienced that saving power of God?
  • What blessing does the Lord desire to give you just now?

Thursday.

Simon’s mother-in- law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.  (Mark 1:30-31)

  • When have you experienced the healing touch of the Lord?
  • In your life, who needs that healing touch?
  • She responded to the healing by serving. How do you respond?
  • What ‘fever’ does the Lord what to lift from your life just now?

Friday

The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another. (Mark 1:33-34)

  • Think of all of the suffering you see around you. Speak to the Lord about it.
  • Who is in hospital that needs the healing touch of the Lord? Have they received the sacrament of the sick?
  • Think of the healing professions- doctors, nurses, etc. Thank God for them.
  • Allow the Lord to lay his healing hands on you now.

Saturday

In the morning long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there’  (Mark 1:35)

  • Where and when do you pray?
  • Jesus needed to pray. Do you understand your own need to do the same?
  • Are there ways you can improve your prayer life?
  • What do you imagine the Lord is praying about?
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