February 7 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Mark
On leaving the synagogue
Jesus 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.
WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER
Marked by physical suffering and by spiritual wretchedness, the crowd comprises, so to speak, “the living environment” in which Jesus’s mission, made up of healing and comforting words and actions, takes place. Jesus did not come to bring salvation in a laboratory; he did not preach from a laboratory, detached from people. He was in the midst of the crowd! In the midst of the people! To think that the greater part of Jesus’s public life took place on the streets, among the people, to preach the Gospel, to heal physical and spiritual wounds. (Angelus, 4 February 2018)