Newsletter —Fifth Sunday of the Year B — 4th February 2024

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Our First Reading this week is from Job 7:1-4,6-7: Job laments his sufferings and his life.
The Responsorial Psalm is taken from Psalm 147: A song of praise for the Lord’s goodness to the lowly.
The Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 9:16-23: Paul explains the conditions under which he preaches the gospel and the reasons why he will not accept financial help from the Corinthians.
The Gospel Reading this Sunday is Mark 1:29-39: Jesus cures Simon’s mother-in-law and many others as well.

Today we continue to read from Mark’s Gospel, learning more about the ministry of Jesus. Jesus cured Simon’s mother-in-law, and she immediately began to serve Jesus and his disciples. Jesus also cured many others who were brought to him, healing their illnesses and driving out demons. Gospel tells us that Jesus did this throughout Galilee.

Jesus’ compassion and healing of the sick is a sign of the Kingdom of God. The Church continues to extend Christ’s healing presence to others in its ministry to the sick. In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the Church prays for spiritual and physical healing, forgiveness of sins, and comfort for those who are suffering from illness.

In today’s Gospel we also notice the importance of prayer in Jesus’ daily life. Jesus rose early in the morning, removed himself from the crowds, and went to a deserted place to pray. When the disciples found him, he told them that it was time to move on. We believe that in his prayers Jesus found guidance and direction from God. We also bring our decision-making to God in prayer, asking for his guidance and
direction in our lives.

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