A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Wednesday 12 January

1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20; Psalm 40:2, 5, 7-10; Mark 1:29-39

Heal, raised up, minister

Mark’s gospel was written for households experiencing difficult times. They needed assurance that Jesus, who “has been raised,” is not only risen among them but also “raises them” as he does us today. Jesus “raised up” the mother-in-law of Peter. Translations which have ‘served/waited on them’ obscure the Greek word meaning ‘to minister.’ In this first household, a pattern emerges which is repeated in Mark – a character is healed, raised and ministers. How am I as part of my Christian community called to heal, raise up and minister?

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