February 7, 2015

5th Sunday - B

Mark 1: 29 – 39

Jesus In Our Homes

The passage begins with Jesus going from the synagogue to the house of Simon and Andrew. From the previous verses from this same Chapter 1 of Mark, which we heard proclaimed last Sunday, we learned that it was the Sabbath. (1: 21 - 28) [1].

This time setting is significant. On a sabbath day, Jesus touches a sick woman to heal her. He breaks at least two rules in this one act of healing, namely, “he could be accused of contracting uncleanness and violating the Sabbath.” [2]

The place setting also has its significance. Jesus visits a family in their time of need. And he spends time with them.

Jesus is present in our family, the fundamental fabric of human society that God the Father has created. Jesus risks misunderstanding and condemnation to be with us in our homes.

May we continue to find Jesus present to us in our families.

[1] & [2]. Francis J. Moloney. The Gospel of Mark, A Commentary. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2002; p. 55.

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