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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Feb. 7

Bishop’s Reflections

February 6, 2021

Each week, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Feb. 7

In another example of Jesus’ power over life and death, Jesus heals the mother-in-law of Simon. In response to her recovery, “She waited on them.”

We can learn something from this rather short paragraph in today’s Gospel.
Once we have felt the healing touch of the Lord we are compelled to serve him and to serve his Church.

This is the case with St. Paul, whose soul had been touched and healed by the Lord on his way to Damascus. After that encounter with the risen Christ, St. Paul changed direction, and instead of persecuting the early Church, he began to serve it through his missionary efforts. St. Paul admits as much in his first letter to the Corinthians, “If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!

For those of us who have a relationship with Christ -- and don’t all of us who have been baptized have such a relationship — we have an obligation to follow him and make him known and loved by our words and actions.

How can we help but serve the Lord, who came to us and offered us his very life? He has healed us through forgiveness and daily consolations. Woe to us if we don’t do something with our faith in Jesus who was lifted us up too.

Have a blessed week everyone.

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