Sunday, February 7, 2021
The readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B cause us to reflect on Jesus’ power to heal us, both physically and spiritually. In the first reading (Job 7:1-4, 6-7), Job laments that he is experiencing so much misery and despair. But the psalm (Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6) reminds us to “Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.” The second reading (1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23) tells us that our weakness can help us invite those who are weak to hear the Good News. The Gospel (Mark 1:29-39) tells how Jesus cured Peter’s mother in law, freed those possessed by demons, and preached in the area.
How good to sing praise to our God; how pleasant to give fitting praise.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, and gathers the dispersed of Israel,
Healing the brokenhearted, and binding up their wounds.Psalm 147:1-3
So we can focus this weekend on how Jesus has healed us and how we, in turn, can help heal the world. Here are some ideas.