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The 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time Ė Cycle B

February 5th, 2012

 

 

Dear Lord, We Need A Miracle

 

 

Gospel
Mk 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you."
He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come."
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

 

Growing up as a kid in north St. Louis and being poor, I donít remember seeing many miracles.  We went to a catholic school and I remember in religion class in the fifth grade the nun, Sister Olympia I believe her name was, talking to the class about miracles, the miracles that Jesus performed a very long time ago.  My first thought was, ďHow come there are no miracles being performed these days.  There are a lot of poor people who have no food and we have to search for soda and beer bottles to cash them in to help put food on our table, and there are many who have to do the same around here.Ē  Not a very positive outlook on miracles back then I know.  So, maybe I grew up having trouble believing in miracles.  So much is said in the gospels about the miracles Jesus performed.  Take this reading for example.  Simonís mother-in-law had a fever.  At first glance this doesnít seem like much of a miracle, unless we were to understand that her fever was around 105 or 106 degrees or even higher, and that she lay there on the brink of death, talking out of her head, screaming from the pain and the agony she felt, begging to be free of the immense suffering.  Like I said, I had, maybe have trouble believing in miracles.  Jesus healed her immediately and she began to wait on them. 

I think of someone I knew who had a high fever.  Unfortunately she died.  Those whom he cured were variously afflicted, they were many, and so were the demons he expelled.  Variously afflicted?  Hey, we are talking heavy stuff here.  Weíre talking about leprosy, blindness, crippled from birth, lost limbs, mentally deranged and much more.  Jesus healed those folks and expelled those demons.  I know of folks right here, now and today, with various afflicted illnesses.  People with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimerís disease, crippled and deformed.  I know of children from all over the world suffering malnutrition, heck right here in this country.  And then there is the biggest disease of all Ė CRIME, born out of many kinds of evil/hate in this world; deadly weapons used by kids to kill other kids, rape, incest, drugs, and on and on.  I find it even harder to believe in miracles.  Where is he?  Where is this miracle worker?  He was of so much help back then.

Ah, but didnít he say something about a Spirit that he would send when he left?  A Spirit that would allow human beings to perform miracles, even greater ones than he did?  Didnít he call each one of us to be a servant as he was, to follow in his footsteps?  Iím beginning to understand about miracles now.  Didnít he ask us to change?  To soften our heartened hearts?  Itís getting clearer now.  Hey, I think I do understand.

The suffering is so great, the hurt so deep.  Where are the miracle workers?  We are the miracle workers of today.  So what do we need to do?  Itís not about the physical miracles anymore.  That will come.  What can we do?  We can Love.  We can TOUCH.  We can GIVE of ourselves.  We can speak kind words to each other.  We can pray together for that Sprit to guide us so that we can change hearts, maybe even our own heart

Stop worrying about the end times folks.  If itís coming here or coming soon, so be it.  We have work to do, miracles to perform.  Once we can change our heart, then we can change the hearts of others.  We can throw away the guns (not literally), change the hearts that seem to need them to kill.  We can feed and clothe and lead.  We can heal and we can be healed.  God wants us to remember that.  Not that there is a limit to the divine healing, but that we should have no problem in joining that jostling crowd in this reading.  We can definitely believe in miracles, and we can accomplish them.  Or we can say, ďThat is Godís doing!Ē  What do you think?  If you or I think we canít we wonít.  If we believe that we can, then we will perform the miracles that Jesus performed and even more.  But first, we have to change our hearts.  That is the first miracle.  God bless you all in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

© Deacon Steve

February 5th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without You (HD) by Stephen Meara-Blount

 

 

 

 

 

~ Good Morning God ~

 

Good morning God, itís a beautiful day,
I want to thank you for all the blessings
you have sent my way,
My family my friends, and my loved ones to,
I just want to praise you for all that you do.
I want to always be a part of all of your plans,
Iím so grateful that you love me,
and accept me just as I am.
Only you know Dear God what this day can be,
Iím here God and Iím ready, so please use me.
I donít care if itís a big request, or even small,
Iím just ready and willing to answer your call.
Thereís so many I know that needs your touch today,
Work through me Dear God to help them I pray.
And always yes always I pray all the glory goes to you,
For you are the answer and you know just what to do.
Good morning Dear God and as I get out of bed,
Iím looking forward to this new day and what lies ahead.



Written By Eva Dimel
Inspired By God
May 29th 2010

 

 

 

 

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