On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.
That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.
In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.
Gospel for the Sunday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time
The named disciples in Mark often have a hard time learning the ways of faith and discipleship. Their stories are told often as cautionary tales – and especially the stories about Peter!
Tradition says that Mark’s Gospel is firmly based on Peter’s memory of the events re-told by Mark.
How lovely then that right near the beginning of the Gospel we get the memory of his mother-in-law modelling perfect discipleship. She is in need, sick; she receives the Lord and his loving care; and she rises and begins to serve him and others…
‘Nuff said, now we need to go do likewise!
Carving in the church of St Peter, Capernaum. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.