13th January 2021,
WEDNESDAY, FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Heb 2: 14-18
Ps 105: 1-4, 6-9
Mk 1: 29-39
MISSION FOCUSSED DISCIPLESHIP
The Gospel of today gives us an insight into Jesus’ life of service. After having participated in the celebration in the synagogue, Jesus goes to Peter’s house and cures his motherin-law. Once healed, she gets up and begins to serve. Jesus does not just take away her sickness, but heals in such a way that she begins to serve life. When it begins to get dark, at the end of the day, Jesus welcomes and cures the sick and those possessed whom people bring to him at Peter’s house. The sick and those possessed were the most marginalized people of that time. They depended on public charity. Besides this, by the traditions of their religion, they were considered impure. They could not participate in the life of the community. It was as if God had rejected and excluded them. Therefore, the good news of God consists in accepting and embracing the marginalized and the excluded, and empowering them to live with dignity within the community.
This Gospel passage also presents Jesus’ prayer life. He makes a great effort to seek out time and an appropriate place to pray. He makes the sacrifice of rising early, before the others, and going to a deserted place, to be alone with his Father. In prayer, he is reassured of his mission.
The others go looking for Jesus to take him back to the people who were seeking him. They have misunderstood the mission. They have misread the successes and triumphs of the previous day. After his prayer, Jesus now rectifies their understanding of his mission: “Let us go elsewhere. It is precisely for this that I have come”. He is clear about what he is sent to accomplish, and desires to share this knowledge with the disciples. He does not want them to be lost in the results already obtained. They must not look back, but, like him, remain focused on the mission. It is the mission received from the Father that must guide their decisions and orient their lives.
Responsorial Psalm: The Lord remembers his covenant forever.
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