Audio Readings January 15, 2014 1st Week in Ordinary Time

1st Week in Ordinary Time
1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20; Psalm 40:2, 5, 7-10;Mark 1:29-39
The fever left her and she waited on them. (Mark 1:31)

Imagine Simon’s mother-in-law and her friend chatting over tea. “What happened at your house the other day?” the friend asked.

Simon’s mother-in-law said, “Well, I was pretty sick. I had a high fever, my whole body ached, and all I wanted to do was rest. But Jesus came into my room anyway and held my hand. Moments later, I felt so good that I began to make lunch for Simon and his friends. I was so excited by what happened that I had to get out and tell other people about it.

“I’ve discovered—both from my experience and from talking to other people—that when you meet Jesus, something happens inside of you. You can’t help but act. That day, I did what I know how to do best. I didn’t feel obligated; I could have kept lying in bed, but when you feel that kind of love, you just want to find ways to love people in return.

“I think that the love just starts to spill over. At least that’s what happened that day. Word got out that Jesus had come to visit, and by nightfall the house was filled with sick or unhappy people, and he touched them all.

“What was unusual for me was that I didn’t mind all these strangers at my door. Normally, I would be cautious, but something changed in me that day, and I felt a new kinship with these people whom I had never met. Some of them I may not have even liked before then, but it didn’t matter. We were all looking for the same thing. We had all been brought together by a desire to be with Jesus. They felt like long-lost brothers and sisters, and I had no problem welcoming them.”

“So that’s all?” her friend asked. “You felt his love when he healed you, and that made you open your door to other people, and they were healed as well?”

“Yes. I know it sounds silly, but that’s what happened. And it’s happened for so many other people. You should try to find Jesus yourself. It’s amazing what he can do!”

“I’ve got to find him! There are so many things I need help with.”

“Lord, touch every heart with your healing love. Move us all to serve one another.”~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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