Tuesday, January 13, 2015


WEDNESDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

January 14, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time


Heb 2: 14–18 / Mk1:29-39

Reading: Heb 2: 14-18

And because all those children share one same nature of flesh and blood, Jesus likewise had to share this nature. This is why his death destroyed the one holding the power of death, that is the devil, and freed those who remained in bondage all their lifetime because of the fear of death.

Jesus came to take by the hand not the angels but the hu­man race. So he had to be like his brothers and sisters in every respect, in order to be the High Priest faithful to God and merciful to them, a priest able to ask pardon and atone for their sins. Having been tested through suffering, he is able to help those who are tested.

Gospel: Mk 1: 29-39

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the home of Simon and Andrew with James and John. As Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever, they immediately told him about her. Jesus went to her and taking her by the hand, raised her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening at sundown, people brought to Jesus all the sick and those who had evil spirits; the whole town was pressing around the door. Jesus healed many who had various diseases, and drove out many demons: but he did not let them speak, for they knew who he was.


Jesus' oneness with us is total: being like us in every way except sin, he is able to enter into our experiences of sickness both of mind and body. He is no stranger to human suffering, having taken unto himself all that afflict human beings. His heart goes out to understand our pain and sickness and has a most loving care and compassion for us. Our pain and suffering become his, bearing them in his own body and thus setting us free. His work of healing sickness and expelling demons is the good news that he preached, that in him the Father has shown us his love and compassion, that in him the Father has given us the freedom of the children of God.

What is striking about his healing and expelling demons is the involvement of others. People brought people in need of healing to him or drew Jesus' attention to those who needed him; the compassion of Jesus evoked compassion in those near him.

Our Gospel reading today draws our attention to the heart of Jesus, a heart always in communion with his Father as he gives himself completely to us.

Having ministered to many and still being sought by so many, Jesus moves to other villages to reach more people to give them the good news, "This is what I have come to do." His daily bread was doing the Father's will.

Are we grateful for the many healings which have come our way, for the love and care we have experienced from so many, day after day? How much compassion do we have for those who suffer and need healing?












For the special intentions of Beny & Soraya Chua

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!


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