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February 5, 2012
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are the
Son of God, who became man so that you could
deliver us from sin and open the gates of heaven
for us. I hope in you because you are mercy
itself and because you seek my true good in every
instant. I love you and long for my love to
grow since you deserve to be absolutely first in my
life. Thank you for these moments of intimacy with you
Petition: Lord, grant me the grace to
embrace my mission as a Christian.
“Rising very early before dawn… he
prayed.” Jesus had been completely occupied
all day in healing anyone in the town with ailments
and demons, yet he has the energy, conviction and determination
to rise early to pray. True prayer, true dialogue with
God is necessary for a disciple of Christ. Without it,
we will have nothing to give to others. Prayer needs
to be a priority in our life if we wish
to be faithful followers of Christ.
2. “Let us go on…” Peter found Our Lord in a deserted place at prayer.
An ordinary man would have gone back and met all
the people who wanted to praise him. An ordinary man
would have been open to another evening of healing at
Peter’s house. But Our Lord gently let Peter know that
he was much more than just an ordinary man. “Let
us go on:” In these words we see Christ’s heart.
He has come to fulfill the Father’s will and to
save souls. “Let us go on…” There is no time
to waste. “Let us go on…” He wants to reach
many other souls, to feed them with his words, for
he is the Word. He wants to protect them from
those who would tear them apart with their lies and
deceptions. They need him. “Let us go on….” Does my
heart resonate with this invitation? Are my horizons broad when
it comes to transmitting Christ to others?
3. Do Not Fail Him!
Pope John Paul the Great spoke to the Catholic young
people of the world in Denver in 1993. He told
them not to fail Christ. Christ was placing in their
hands a share in his own mission. They were to
go out to the whole world; they were to proclaim
the good news of salvation. Let us go and give
Christ to others. We cannot hold back. In prayer we
must hear Christ’s words: “Let us go on.” He will
preach through us, through our example, prayer and sacrifices. He
will preach through our reaching out to our brothers and
sisters in true charity. He will make himself heard if
we generously offer ourselves to him. Let us go on;
let us not fail him because of our lack of
faith, confidence or love. Let us not turn back because
of our selfishness, pride or laziness. Let us go on!
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you came that
we may have life and have it to the full.
You love us so much. Open my heart to the
greatness of your love for all mankind. Help me to
see that the Church is your Bride and the universal
sacrament of salvation. Grant that I may serve you as
a faithful son or daughter of the Church, spreading your
Word ever further.
Resolution: I will transmit a Christian message to someone today.