February 4, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Healing: a Sunday Scriptures blog

Things do not begin well in our first reading today. We hear about Job, a broken man. He has been assigned “months of misery” and “troubled nights,” and he laments that he “shall not see happiness again.” But Job is wrong, our responsorial psalm proclaims: Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted (Ps 147:3). And so, in the Gospel we meet Jesus, the young Jewish rabbi at the beginning of his preaching ministry, beginning to gather the men we call apostles. We see him heading for a dinner at Peter and Andrew’s house, and there is the tender scene when Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law. Then as evening falls, he heals many brought to him by “the whole town.” Jesus in our Gospels was, above all, a healer; seeing his healing power, people began to recognize that he was The Lord. When today we experience healing happening in us, in our human history, in our earth and our climate, we recognize divinity, God’s guiding hand in all that is, God with us now. The spark of divinity is in all of us through the Risen Christ in whom we live and move and have our being. And that means we also can be healed and help heal others. Am I in a place in my life where I am crying out like Job? Do I have a wound that I ask to have healed by our divine physician? Or perhaps is there a healing word or act for someone else or something else that the Lord asks me to help heal this week?

— Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia

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