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Scripture: Mark 1:29-39
29 And immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house
of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon's
mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him
of her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up,
and the fever left her; and she served them. 32 That evening, at
sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with
demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together about the
door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases,
and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to
speak, because they knew him. 35 And in the morning, a great while
before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he
prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him pursued him, 37
and they found him and said to him, "Every one is searching for
you." 38 And he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns,
that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out." 39 And
he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and
casting out demons.
Meditation: Who do you take your troubles to? Jesus'
disciples freely brought their troubles to him because they found
him ready and able to deal with any difficulty, affliction, or
sickness which they encountered. When Simon brought Jesus to his
home, his mother-in-law was instantly healed because Jesus heard
Simon's prayer. Jerome, an early church bible scholar and
translator (c. 347-420), reflects on this passage:
Can you imagine Jesus standing before your bed and you
continue sleeping? It is absurd that you would remain in bed in
his presence. Where is Jesus? He is already here offering himself
to us. 'In the middle,' he says, 'among you he stands, whom you do
not recognize' (Cf. John 1:26) 'The kingdom of God is in your
midst' (Mark 1:15). Faith beholds Jesus among us. If we are unable
to seize his hand, let us prostrate ourselves at his feet. If we
are unable to reach his head, let us wash his feet with our tears.
Our repentance is the perfume of the Savior. See how costly is the
compassion of the Savior."
"Lord Jesus Christ, you have all power to heal and to deliver
from harm. There is no trouble nor bondage you cannot overcome.
Set me free to serve you joyfully and to love and serve others
generously. May nothing hinder me from giving myself wholly to you
and to your service."
1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and
set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his
trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray
after false gods!
6 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire; but you have given me
an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not
7 Then I said, "Behold, I come; in the roll of the book it is
written of me;
8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great
congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you
know, O LORD.
"Jesus prayed and did not pray in vain, since he received what he
asked for in prayer when he might have done so without prayer. If
so, who among us would neglect to pray? Mark says that 'in the
morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a
lonely place, and there he prayed' (Mark 1:35). And Luke says, 'He
was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his
disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray,"' (Luke 11:1) and
elsewhere, 'And all night he continued in prayer to God' (Luke
6:12). And John records his prayer, saying, 'When Jesus had spoken
these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father,
the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you"'
(John 17:1). The same Evangelist writes that the Lord said that he
knew 'you hear me always' (John 11:42). All this shows that the
one who prays always is always heard." (excerpt from ON
Scripture quotations from Common
Bible: Revised Standard Version of the
Bible, copyright 1973, and Ignatius Edition
of the Revised Standard Version of the
Bible, copyright 2006, by the Division of
Christian Education of the National Council
of the Churches of Christ in the United
States of America. Used by permission. All
rights reserved. Citation references
for quotes from the writings of the early
church fathers can be found here.
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