FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Off to a solitary place

 

There is a lovely scene here where Jesus heals the mother in law of Simon Peter. When
researching this reflection, I discovered that the fact that today’s Gospel from Mark
makes reference to Jesus curing Peter’s mother-in-law would seem to point to the fact
that Peter was married. However, the majority of scholars are of the opinion that the
wife may have died before Peter was called by Jesus as an Apostle. In fact, there are
many misconceptions about St. Peter. For one, although often portrayed as much older,
he was probably younger than Jesus. In fact all 12 Apostles were most likely younger
than Jesus. Peter is often presented in paintings and movies and books as being a very
old man, but historians have also concluded that Peter was martyred in Rome when he
was about 66 years old. He was never the old, old man we see depicted quite often. The
fact that Jesus healed Simon’s mother in law, and that she immediately got up and served Jesus has symbolic
meaning for us as well. When we are healed by Jesus or enter into relationship with him, we too are called to
immediately get up, and serve him, and serve others at the same time.
The other line in the reading that struck me was “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left
the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” We see Jesus going off to be by himself often in the
gospels as it was so important for him to have time where it is just him and God. I read that line and I thought
wow!, that would be nice to have. Then I remembered, we have a place just like that to go to, and that is during the
exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Every Thursday, after 9am Mass until 5:00pm, we have Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament in our church. It is a time where you can come and spend one on one time with Jesus. I can’t
tell you how many times I have gone before Jesus and felt enormous peace afterwards, especially during times when
there was something difficult to deal with and think about. I may not have received the whole solution to the problem,
but my attitude towards it was sure changed, as I was better able to deal with the challenges of life. You can
come anytime during the day on Thursday between 9:30am and 5:00pm. Come and join the wonderful parishioners
who visit Jesus all day, as at least one person is with Jesus all day in the chapel, Jesus is never left alone. I promise
you that if you take, even a few minutes every Thursday to spend with Jesus and the Blessed Sacrament, you will
find peace by spending a one on one time with Jesus.
God bless you all
Deacon Danny

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