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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Isaiah 40:21-31)
In their time of crisis many Israelites are convinced that Yahweh does not intervene because he is unaware of their need. Isaiah reminds them that Yahweh is the awesome Creator and Sustainer, not only of the entire universe but also of the faithful individual.
Psalm (147:1-11, 20c)
The Psalmist calls for Israel to praise Yahweh because the great Creator and Sustainer of the universe is the same One who lifts up the downtrodden and gathers the outcasts to a restored Jerusalem. He delights not in the powerful but in those who trust in his love.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 9:16-23)
St. Paul indicates how his primary motivation is to bring as many as possible to salvation through the proclamation of the Gospel. For this reason he has labored without pay and adapted himself to all kinds and conditions of humanity. His reward is simply in the doing.
Gospel (Mark 1:29-39)
Jesus’ early Galilean ministry continues as he heals Peter’s mother-in-law, causing the whole city to bring him the sick and demon-possessed. Ordering the cast-out spirits to keep his identity secret, after a time of prayer he urgently moves on through the region.
- God meets our needs, in his time and in his way
- God is keenly aware of our need
- We need to trust in God’s love when he does not appear to be present
- When God does bring salvation it comes with urgency
- God has a special concern for the downtrodden and outcast