Reflexion Dominicale

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 1,29-39.

On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.


This Sunday has been not usual as other Sundays, as I decided to attend the weekly mass on Saturday to be freed to attend another service at the Presbyterian Church St. Columbus in Phoenix.

Philip the president of Toastmasters had informed me that he would be speaking in church there and later I was informed by Wairu and there will be a special service to pray for Nina, a founder member of Toastmasters, who will be undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour in India. I was also marvellous to pray together with all the friends in a different church. I was really pleased to have attended the different service.

Today’ reading was commented by Philip who started off using his fondness of movies watching by asking: “if each evangelist was a movie producer, what sort of movie would they have produced to tell the story of Jesus?” Luke would have produced a narrative movie. May be Matthew would have produced a much researched and as near as possible factual movie. Whilst John would have yield a movie from the angle of his own thoughts and in sights on the facts, the last evangelist Mark being a succinct and direct he would have produce a short action movie giving the essence of the story.

What lessons today’s reading can we draw? When you read through the first lines, we observe the compassion that Jesus had for the large crowd from the whole town that gathered in the house. Jesus was busy, attending to the demand of one and all and servicing their wants. Very much like us, who are busy attending to all what we are requested to do?

Then the next morning, Jesus left to a solitary deserted place to pray. Is he not indicating to us the need to pray? Do not all of us need to recollect our spirit and enter in a dialogue with God and have some heart to heart communications with our Lord?

Jesus must have had been praying for a while as the disciplines were looking for him. The crowd wanted him for more healing. Mark does not detail the prayer conversation that Jesus had. By observing Jesus’ action, we could deduct that after conferring with His father, he had received other instructions that to keep healing the persons who were after him.

Philip used a very appropriate story which demonstrates the pushing or others on oneself which might divert oneself from one’s mission. The ‘thermostat story,’ which I shall have the pleasure to write thereon separately. Jesus was refocused on his main purpose: to preach elsewhere. He had to move on.

I also enjoyed the wonderful story of Philip explaining the possible meandering route taken to the main purpose of Jesus. As much as we need to achieve our mission, we may travel through somewhat devious routes to experiment the joy and happiness of the journey to our ultimate goal.

To conclude Philip saw in today’s reading the compassion, servicing, praying and purpose of Jesus.

Lord give me the compassion and the spirit of service that I need to look after my brethren, through the practice of heart to heart dialogue, prayers with You Lord bless me in finding my purpose in my life and lastly with Your eternal love grant me to be accompanied throughout my earthy journey by You and other persons You decide to place on my path.

Thank you Lord for the wonderful time I had with the congregation I met this morning and I implore you with the congregation to bless Nina and to heal her. You got the whole world in your hand; you got our sister Nina in your hand.


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