St. John the Baptist Church
February 7, 2021
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We celebrate this season in the Church known as the Ordinary Time. Depicted in our scriptures and readings of Ordinary Time are accounts of our Lord Jesus Christ's public life and ministry.
Thank you for the writings of gospel accounts of the four evangelists, as well as St. Peter and James, that we can get a glimpse of our Lord’s life here on earth. Specifically, at this weekend’s reading, St. Mark recalls: “Rising very early before dawn, Jesus left and went off to a deserted place where He prayed.” The first thing Jesus did to start the day was to pray. I believe Jesus found prayer as a form of thanksgiving to the Father and to seek spiritual energy from God the Father. We also know that Jesus went to the synagogue to teach and proclaim the Good News. St. Mark writes, “On leaving the synagogue, Jesus 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.”
We see Jesus’ “helping hands” administered upon the sick. His heart was open to the sick and readily offered a charitable act towards her. Then, in the afternoon and into the sunset, Jesus welcomes many who were sick and healed them. The evangelist recounts, “They brought to Him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many sick people with various diseases and drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew Him.
As disciples of Jesus, we call upon our Lord Jesus and have that same gift and power to demand demons to flee. We, too, can cure the sick with Jesus and in Jesus.
Are Jesus’ daily life and ministry similar or dissimilar from our own daily living? Do we spend time in prayer each day and extend a ministering spirit to our brothers and sisters through our words and actions. Do we instill in us that we are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father? Jesus is our perfect model to emulate. Lord, be always with us.
Respectfully with love,
Fr. Thuong Hoai Nguyen