February 4, 2018 – 5th Sunday of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Joseph of Leonissa – January 8, 1556 – February 4, 1612

Scripture readings for today’s Liturgy

Job 7:1-4, 6-7 – Ps. 147 – 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23  Mark 1:29-39

“Oh come, let us worship God and bow low befoe he Godwho made us, for he is the Lord our God.” Psalm 95

The contrast between Job sitting along on his ash heap and Simon’s mother-in-law surrounded by crowds pressing in upon her is dramatic. Two ways in which healing can dome to us. There are times when we need to dialogue with God, “What’s going on here? If this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few.” And there are times when we need others to either bring Jesus to us or to take us to Jesus. Jesus wants to heal all. Job was trying to find the “why” of suffering. Mrs. Peter just waited upon the Lord who came to her and raised her up. If we expend all our energy trying to find out why there is evil in the world we are spinning our wheels in the sand. Better to depend on the faith of others to bring us to Jesus than to sit on our worries & stew in our own juice.

Bottom line? Life is tough! Except that and move on. Then you might meet Jesus on the way. Short but sweet. Amen!




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