Today’s readings invite us to ponder deeply. Job speaks of human life as akin to slavery, a time of emptiness and misery that passes like a breath. Yet we know that, despite many trials, Job never lost faith in God. When Paul speaks of his own calling to proclaim the Gospel, he says he has made himself “a slave to all” in order to fulfill his mission.
Mark’s Gospel shows us a day in the life of Jesus. He visits the synagogue and then goes to Simon and Andrew’s home where he heals an ailing mother-in-law. Her fever dissipates at the touch of his hand! We imagine him chatting companionably with friends until they gather around a table to share a meal. At dusk, crowds gather around the door seeking to be healed. With compassion, Jesus cured “many who were sick.” Perhaps he sleeps awhile, but before dawn, Jesus goes to a deserted place to pray. No day is complete without a time of intimate communion with his Father.
Each one of today’s readings holds a message for us. In trying times we must be people of faith. Our mission is to passionately live the Good News, for we may well be the only Gospel some people ever read. Furthermore, we are called to spend time in intimate communion with God. How good it is to sing God’s praises!
— Barbara d’Artois
Job: 7:1–4, 6–7
Psalm: 147:1–2, 3–4, 5–6
1 Corinthians 9:16–19, 22–23