Sunday, February 4, 2024
The readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B (see below) cause us to reflect on Jesus’ power to heal us, both physically and spiritually. In the first reading, Job laments that he is experiencing so much misery and despair. But the psalm reminds us to “Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.” The Gospel tells how Jesus cured Peter’s mother in law, freed those possessed by demons, and preached in the area.
So we can focus this weekend on how Jesus has healed us and how we, in turn, can help heal the world.
Daily Mass Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B
- First Reading – Job 7:1-4, 6-7: “So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been allotted to me.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 147: “Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.”
- Second Reading –1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23: “To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak.”
- Gospel – Mark 1:29-39: “So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.”