The Word This Week ~ 8 February 2015
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First Reading: Job 7:1-4, 6-7
One can’t but feel sorry for poor Job. A good God-fearing man he is in the depths of lament with his comforters bringing him on respite. It leads to the question of why bad things happen to good people. Our faith does not teach us we will never have heavy crosses to carry but rather, turning to Christ in prayer, it gives us courage and peace to do so as best we can. Job stayed faithful and was given his reward.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
You can imagine an elder Christian of Corinth reading St Paul’s letter to those in the square. In this part of the letter he talks of duties and rights of Christians. It can be very easy to fall into the trap of ‘I have a right to this in my Church’ ...
‘I have a right to this from society’. Before we focus on our rights, like St Paul, we ought to look at our duties and what each of us can bring to the table in bringing the message of the gospel and looking out for the common good.
Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 29-39
Mobile phones are both a curse and a blessing. They leave it so easy to stay in touch the friends and family but leave it more difficult to get times of quiet and solitude. The beep or the ring tone can go at any time. One remedy is to turn the thing off or send to voicemail.
Jesus didn’t have any of this modern technology but the calls for his time were ever present. Morning, midday, evening and night show how the requests were nonstop. As a person of great energy he made himself available. Jesus too needed solitude, prayer and ‘me time’ to keep going. In the mad world we live in – so do we.