Reflection: Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps.146; 2nd Reading – 1Cor.9:16-19, 22-23; Gospel – Mk.1:29-39]


It seems that the miracle to Simon’s mother-in-law was because of the familiarity that Jesus had with Simon Peter. It may be so, but this miracle has the same dynamics as any other miracle done by Jesus:

1) She was in bed with fever. She was really sick! Otherwise she would not be in bed.  Furthermore she was in bed with fever. We all have the experience of “some” kind of fever. We feel helpless. And if we try to do something, we cannot. We feel dizzy, have headaches… etc. Whatever…, we are told that she was in bed with fever…

2) They told him about her. If they did not say anything most probably Jesus would not have known about her fever. At the same time we know that Jesus, being the Son of God knows everything. It is like what happens in our life. God knows what our needs are but He wants to hear them from us. It is like what parents do. While the children are small, the parents provide for whatever they may need without them asking – because they are too small to do so. But when the children grow, even though the parents may come to know what their children need, they wait for the children to ask for it. In this way the bond between the children and the parents grow stronger. The same thing happens with our Father in heaven.

3) He went to her. When we, or someone else for us, turns to God for help, it means that someone believes and is ready to experience God’s love and therefore He comes to our aid. Someone is opening the door to let Him in and He enters, as an invited guest!

4) He took her by the hand. Jesus could have healed her without even touching her. But He always tries to create a relationship. It is through this relationship that God can be seen and felt in our lives. The relationship with God has to be an empirical one (made of experiences) and not only in the mind – (idealistic).

5) He helped her up. Once there are all the above characteristics God intervenes. He gives His help. He makes his presence known and felt and therefore helps and gives what is good and for the good of that person.

6) Once healed she began to serve Jesus and the others… Who has the experience of Jesus, tries to do everything to stay with him!


– On seeing God’s intervention, everyone goes to Him.

– Jesus always prayed before or after every miracle.

Lord, help us to be able, whatever our situation be, to do whatever possible to feel your presence…, to build a true relationship with you…, to be united with you.  Thank You Lord!”


Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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