11th of January (English)

Publié le 10 Janvier 2017


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.


The contemplation


To understand Jesus better and to live like him, it is important that we don’t give much importance to what is being said or done, rather the source of being and what is revealed through this act about the ‘being’, the saviour. Without making such distinction we may end up like the disciples of Jesus and the crowed which rushed towards Jesus for a healing.

We all tend to limit ourselves by the fruits of the act and the appearance or by the visibility. It is important that we learn to see the invisible from the visible realities. What is visible is the act is the miracles and prayer what is invisible is the relationship of Jesus with the Father, their unity par excellence.  It is by our union with Christ that we find the inner peace and joy. Without this union we may be tempted towards charity and social human development activities, even prayers and contemplations, which are visible signs of our invisible relation with Christ. Many at times our visible signs are comparable with the house build on the sand without solid foundation. Our trobled moments of life do help us the depth of our foundation. 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:


The habit of prayer, by Origen of Alexandria (185-254 AD)

"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 PRAYER 13.1)


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