5th Sunday of the Year B (05 Feb 2012)
Jb 7. 1-4, 6-7; Ps 147; 1Co 9. 16-19, 22-23; Mk 1. 29-39
Homily of Fr. Paul Panaretos, S.J.
When Jesus began his ministry in Mark’s gospel, Jesus healed. “We’ve heard that before, and we know that!” some will say. Correct you are! However, to attempt to heal—especially for professional physicians of Jesus’ day—was risky business, and not for what we may think. Ancient Mediterranean, professional physicians were reluctant to heal people because if they failed, they could be put to death. (Put to death makes today’s malpractice suits seem tame.) Rather than attempt to heal, ancient physicians preferred to talk about illnesses, after the fashion of philosopher-healers.1
Christian stewardship overcomes inertia and obstacles and moves forward. In our ways as parents, children, students, employees and employers, we know that from experience.
- Compose yourself in the Trinity. Bask in our Triune God.
- Ask Peter’s mother-in-law to present you to Jesus to speak with him. Before you speak notice how you feel at that moment.
- Then tell Jesus how you want to trust him, and tell him what prevents you: am I lazy? Do I feel lost? Am I tempted?—and the like.
- Welcome Jesus into your weakness and ask Jesus to touch your weakness and heal you to put it into perspective; to learn how you can use it in his service; and to know how your weakness draws you closer to him and to others.
- Close saying slowing the Lords’ Prayer. Jesus gave it to us so we may recognize more clearly how God’s life and love is more than sufficient each day.
- John J. Pilch, “Social Healing.” http://www.liturgy.slu.edu/5OrdB020809/theword_cultural.html