February 5, 2012
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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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 now.
Petition: Lord, grant
me the grace to embrace my mission as a Christian.
1. “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
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!
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.