12th of January

Publié le 11 Janvier 2022

Gospel text

(Mk 1:29-39): 

 

On leaving the synagogue he 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.

 

The Application

 

It is difficult to discern the divine will, in every aspect of life. When everything goes well, particularly as act of charity and love, we have a sense that God's will is there. When we are faced with a difficulty, whether death or illness, even separation or divorce, we have a sense that our good and generous God cannot allow it and it may not be His will.

 

 

Whatever be the case, if we put our trust in God, as God has put his trust in us, whatever may be the situation, God will show us his will, both in joyful and painful. To know this, Jesus shows us the right way, the way of contemplation and prayer. It was in this contemplation that Jesus decided to leave one region and go to another.  Are we really seeking God's will in our daily lives? Are we ready to welcome it without reservation? Do we have the courage to put it into practice? Samuel did have a support and we too, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see.

 

Action of the day: Seek thy will and the rest will be given to you.

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed”

 

+ Fr. Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, we are clearly shown how Jesus split his working hours. On one hand, He prayed; on the other, He consecrated time to his mission of praying with words and deeds. Contemplation and Action. Prayer and Work. Being with God while amongst men.

We indeed see Jesus dedicated in body and soul to his task as Messiah and Savior: He cures the sick, such as Saint Peter's mother-in-law and many others; He comforts the sad ones, drives out demons and preaches. People bring him the ailing and those with evil spirits. And they all want to hear his words. His disciples tell him: “Everyone is looking for you” (Mk 1:37). More often than not, He maintained an exhausting schedule that did not give him even time to breathe.

But, at the same time, Jesus also had to look for some lonely place where He could pray: “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed” (Mk 1:35). In other Gospels we can also find Jesus devoted to praying at different hours and even at night. He knew how to distribute his time, so that his working days would have a proper balance between work and prayer.

We often say, "I have not time!" We are so busy with our homework, our professional activity, the countless tasks on our agenda... So, quite often, we believe we should be relieved from our daily prayers. We do a lot of important things, but often run the risk of forgetting the absolutely necessary one: prayer. We have to establish a balance to be able to do the former without neglecting the latter.

Saint Francis puts it like that: “We must faithfully and devotedly work, without extinguishing the spirit of holy prayer and devotion which all temporal things must be submitted to.”

Perhaps we should organize ourselves a little bit better, discipline ourselves by “domesticating” our time. Certainly, what is important must be done. However, what is necessary, is an absolute must.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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