Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 4, 2018

Alone at prayersThis is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Overwhelmed! We all feel overwhelmed at times, as did Job and Jesus in our scriptures. In today’s gospel, after a full day of attending to people’s suffering, Jesus goes to a deserted place to pray. It is only by finding some deserted places and spaces--for silence, solitude, meditation, and prayer--that being overwhelmed will not overcome us. Finding this “desert space” will also keep us from being incapacitated by anger that we might feel, related to the many issues of our time that seem not to be handled in accord with our faith values. And it is in those deserted places that we can find guidance, grounding and new energy to go forth, announce and build the kingdom as Jesus did.

Jesus responds to the universal human condition of suffering by bringing hope and healing in a very personal way, inaugurating the reign of God by visiting the needy and offering wholeness. As his disciples, this is our work and our way as well – bringing hope and healing with a personal touch.

Prayer is not only the breath of the is also the oasis of peace from which we can draw the water that nourishes our spiritual life and transforms our existence.” Pope Benedict XVI

The Sunday Readings:

  • Job 7: 1-7. Is not life a drudgery? There is misery in the human condition, in suffering, that tempts us to despair.
  • 1 Cor 9: 16-23. Paul offers the good news free of charge – Paul sees himself as a “slave of all” because he has bound himself to preach the gospel.
  • Mk 1: 29-39. Jesus took time to pray by himself, and from that prayer again goes out to preach and heal – “for this purpose have I come.”

Of Note:

  • Our Confirmation Class is on retreat this weekend, concluding with the Confirmation Inscription Rite at the beginning of 11:30 AM Mass. Please pray for them as they continue preparing to receive the sacrament on June 2.
  • Next opportunities for individual Reconciliation (second and fourth Saturdays): February 10 & 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Lent 2018 begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2018. The distribution of ashes will be at:
    • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM
    • Mass at 7:00 PM
  • Bring in your old palm to be burned to ashes for the beginning of Lent. Please leave them in the basket by the Welcome Desk.
  • Watch for information on upcoming speakers for Lent: