A Day In The Life of Jesus

Homily for Sunday, February 7th, 2021

The there are a few consistent realities that run through scripture. Of course, if you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you should be able to find images, or hints of God’s plan to reconcile his people unto him. In theological terms, we call that soteriology, which is a 25 cent word referring to “Salvation History.” Other imagery includes the facts that life includes the drudgery of hard work and even illness and pain.

In the book of Job we read the ultimate tale of drudgery and woe. His is a story that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Yet, God caused his case to flourish in the end.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in 1st Corinthians that the road before us is to become workers for the Lord, and that the we should be humble in that service.

Today’s Gospel reading is true to form. Suffering runs through the Gospel of this Sunday. Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law and she immediately gets up and starts working. Next, the whole town had gathered at the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John, also seeking Jesus’ healing touch — more work to be done.

Jesus appears to never miss a beat. He seems to revel in doing the work of the Father, though there is no boasting. The miracles of the Gospels are signs of God’s loving attention to the sufferings of humanity, his approach to the heavy baggage of earthly life, like the hard work of the mercenary, as Job affirms in today’s first reading. Through the Son, a man like us, God penetrates the dark tangle of evil by placing a seed of salvation there, starting its transformation from darkness into light, from death into life.

Today’s reading in the first chapter of Mark presents us with Jesus’ divine entrance within the human experience and does so with what is traditionally called