Wednesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time
Readings of the day: RB 2: 1-10, ‘Gifts Needed by an Abbess’Mass: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20; Resp. Psalm 40; Mark 1:29-39
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.I know them, and they follow me.ALLELUIA
So, you’ve got a fever. Some friends have taken initiative and go in search of Jesus. It doesn’t take them long. They find him and immediately tell him about your condition. Jesus makes haste. When Jesus gets to you, he approaches, grasps your hand, and helps you up. What are you going to do?
Now look at the stir. Friends start bringing to Jesus all the ill or those possessed by demons. The whole town is gathered at the door! Jesus goes right to work curing the diseased and driving out demons. Sorry demons, no words from you today. Jesus isn’t permitting it.
Next day, very early, Jesus goes off to a deserted place to pray, not without friends in hot pursuit. When they find Jesus, they shout: ‘Everybody is looking for you!’ Jesus rises and calmly says: ‘Let’s go. I’ve preaching to do.’ Jesus heads for the synagogues where he gets busy with preaching and driving out demons. All in a day’s work.With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.(Communion Antiphon, Mass)