• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 02 February 2018 18:46

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

Written by Fr Frank Gerry SVD

 

Fr Frank Gerry SVD 150“Jesus took her by the hand. 

 

“We sometimes come to Mass poor, sick and troubled, much like the people who crowd around the door of Jesus in today’s gospel.

“In this Mass let us express our needs to Jesus. Let us ask him to take us by the hand and help us as he helped Simon’s mother-in-law. Then, with our spirits uplifted, we will go out from Mass with a renewed desire to share God’s love with others.”

This was the Mass introduction offered by Fr Elmer Ibarra SVD, my confrere here in Marsfield, and I was mightily impressed with it. So I copied it.

It struck the right approach to the intimacy offered by the presence of Jesus in the gospel story, and for that matter, in every gospel story; and how we need to respond to that offer of intimacy.

“Jesus took her by the hand.”

What was her response?

“She rose and began to wait on them.”

A simple act of gratitude and gracious hospitality!

Let me read a little more from today’s gospel reading.

“That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils.”

“The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another.”

What was their response next morning?

“Everybody is looking for you, Jesus.”

One could hardly expect anything else.

But what had been the response of Jesus?

“Long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there.”

Jesus was also deeply moved by all that had happened. Early in the morning, he found a lonely place where he could pray alone.

And what was his prayer?

The gospel story doesn’t tell us, but we can sense it in the response he gave to his disciples:

“Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country town, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.”

He felt the hunger in the hearts of the people, not just their desire for cures of their bodily diseases, but for something that touches the heart and enlivens it.

Is that our hunger too?

Can we allow Jesus’ presence and heartfelt teaching to touch our hearts too?

“Jesus took her hand!”

Intimacy and care is right throughout this gospel story. What is my response?

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