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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Collect : "Keep your family safe, O LOrd, with unfailing care, that relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, that may be defended always by your protection."

First Reading from the Book of Job 7:14, 6-7 Poor Job, he thinks he will not see happiness again.

Responsorial Psalm: Praise the Lord who heals the brokenhearted. 

Praise the Lord, for he is good; sing praise to our God, for he is gracious; the Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; the dispersed of Israel he gathers.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He tells the number of the stars; he calls each by name.

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; to his wisdom there is no limit. The Lord sustains the lowly, the wicked he casts to the ground. 

The Second Reading is from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians: 9:16-19, 22-23

Paul explains that he has an obligation to preach the Gospel. He also will say that he has made himself "a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. "To the weak, I become weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the Gospel, so that I too may have a share in it."

The Gospel is Mark 1:29-39  It tells us that Jesus went into the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They told him about her and Jesus approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. "Then the fever left her and she waited on them."

When it was evening, the whole village gathered at the door bringing all who were ill or possessed by demons. He cured many but it must have been quite a scene and may have lasted until late. Still, Mark  tells us that Jesus "rising very early before dawn, left and went out to a deserted place, where he prayed. When he is found and told that everyone is looking for him, he said, "Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come." 

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