Feast of St. Hilary

Readings: Heb. 2:14-18 | Ps. 105:1-4, 6-9 | Mk. 1:29-39

Through this scripture reading we have a picture of a day in the life of Christ’s ministry. Jesus leaves the synagogue after preaching and healing there and goes to Simon’s home where He cures Simon’s mother in law. After dinner, He heals all the people who are brought to Him. These include the sick, those possessed by demons, and other illnesses. He cures all who come, and He is exhausted as a result of all this work. In the morning, Jesus rises before the others and goes off by Himself to pray. The disciples search for and find Him. They tell Him that more people have come, but Jesus tells the disciples that he has to go to other places to bring God’s love to other people. The first reading tells us that this is why Jesus came, that is, to destroy the power of sin and death and to bring all to the Father. Jesus knew what it was like to walk this earth. He was able to endure our sufferings because He had suffered Himself.

Take time to consider all the ways that Jesus helped and cured people and brought healing and comfort to them. How has Christ healed you? How is Christ inviting you to come closer to Him? Spend time with Jesus, and ask Jesus to bring you healing and peace.

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