Gospel: Mark 1: 29-39
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.
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, draw us deeper into the healing wounds of our Savior and teach us of His love.
There is so much action in this beautiful passage--notice all the verbs as you read it, especially the actions of Jesus. How tender are his actions in Simon's home: He "entered... approached... grasped her hand... helped her... he cured... he drove out demons." Watch Jesus as he comes close to all of these souls. Watch how he looks at each one, all of these individuals are coming to meet One who already know them each intimately, personally, intensely. Perhaps place yourself in the passage and watch Jesus receive each one.
"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." To think of the whole town gathered there. No one stayed home because they had something better to do. No, drawn by their own poverty or the poverty of a loved one, they came one by one to the door of his dwelling. To imagine this scene just from a human perspective is unsettling--a large mob of people that aren't okay crowding in the dark. And yet with faith the same image becomes consoling and we find even that we are among them. We too have a need to be with Jesus. We have something that pulls us from the security of what is ours to wait at his doorstep, desiring his gaze, his words, his presence. Isn't this the Mass? Every Sunday we come to be with Him, to worship Him, to entrust ourselves to Him. We come carrying in our hearts those we love who are suffering. We come because in some way we have encountered our poverty and His love.
What is it that draws you to Christ's door? See Jesus look at you. Tell him why you have come. Ask his help. Listen to him.
+Prayer: "Jesus, in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me. I love you Jesus." -Mother Teresa