Scripture Reflections for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Year B, Lectionary 74

We humans suffer through various harsh experiences in our lives but in order to be healed from them we need to let Jesus live in us. Like with Simon's ill mother-in-law, we must let God enter our homes, approach us and lift us up. To experience this healing we must constantly be connected to God and prayer is needed for this. Like Jesus, it is our way to be empowered, find peace and direction.

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Psalm 147:1-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23

“Here Paul is describing his method of evangelization, his method of preaching the gospel as both universal and we might say enculturated”

Catholic Productions | "All Things to All Men" | Brant Pitre | February 3, 2021
Mark 1:29-39

“Christ accepts us, clinging to the wreckage, broken, limited, sinful and struggling, long before we accept him. He comes to set us free, to make us whole.”

"He raised her up" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | January 28, 2024

“prayer is going to God that we may be able to see things through the eyes of God, going to God that we may be able to find the meaning behind the things that we do”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | January 29, 2024

“everybody gathers at the door of Jesus and everyone has a place with the saints of heaven sitting around the table of our savior Jesus Christ”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "THE WHOLE TOWN" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | February 7, 2021

“Can we put God's love into action? Can we put God's healing touch into action?”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | February 7, 2021

“take the time to think, take the time to reflect, take the time to pray. It pays for scripture says 'be still and know that I am God.' And so when you know that you are not God you will have no need to worry because worrying is not part of your job description.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | January 29, 2024

“Are we welcoming Jesus into the house?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | February 7, 2021

“although illness and sin go together in the Old Testament and illness and demonic activity can be associated with one another, that's not necessarily the case”

Catholic Productions | "Jesus Heals Simon's Mother-in-Law" | Brant Pitre | February 1, 2021
Overall Readings

“When our burdens are lifted, what can we do? We can see. And when you and I can see we're able to offer and that's the gift.”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | February 7, 2021

“It is easy to praise God when everything is right in our world. The true test of our praise is to be able to praise God when we are in dark and painful situations.”

Catholic Women Preach | Kimberly Lymore | February 7, 2021

“when we find ourselves broken in some way can we allow our hearts to be open to see the hand that reaches for us and to grasp it and to allow ourselves to be lifted up?”

Catholic Women Preach | Mary Anne Sladich-Lantz | February 4, 2024

“Nothing about our present circumstances, be they good or bad, change the nature of God. God is still the same today as God was yesterday and God will still be the same tomorrow.”

Catholic Women Preach | Carlotta Gilarde, CSJ | February 4, 2018

“If you have been healed of your own broken heart there's a Job out there, there's a Peter's mother-in-law out there that you are called to go and lift up out of the bed”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "When you have taken to your bed" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | February 4, 2024

“If you and I do not have a 'why' or a mission in our life, when life becomes fatiguing we give up”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | February 4, 2024

“The incarnation, the Word made flesh, that happened in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a sign of God's closeness to us. Our God is not a distant God.”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | "Is there a doctor in the house?" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | February 7, 2021

“You have the power to touch the sick and to lift them up. Now there are many ways of lifting up the sick, aren't there?”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | February 4, 2024