It is 11th January 2017. The readings are from Hebrews 2:14-18; and the Gospel from Mark 1:29-39. The first reading highlights the humanity of Jesus and Jesus, as the healer. In order to redeem us all, Christ had to come among us seen in the human flesh. Jesus knew what the struggles we humans go through. “He had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way.” (Heb. 2:17). The true humanity of Jesus revealed in the way He went through the sufferings on the Cross. Unlike the every other priests, Jesus offered his very own self to redeem us all. He is our brother; we all can rely on him at all times. His coming into the world had the purpose of redeeming us and make us belong to God. Grace accepts human nature, celebrates human nature and eventually perfects it. One needs to be fully human in order to bring out the divine from within. The divinity and humanity coexists in Jesus and that is why Jesus is compassionate to us all and trustworthy to God at all times. Jesus offered the best to God. We too are invited to offer God the best we have in us. God deserves nothing less than the best. It is our moral duty to make God present through our humble service. We need to bring God to everyone and everyone to God. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord remembers his covenant forever.” (Ps.104:8). The Gospel narrates us the hectic healing ministry of Jesus and still the need for more to be healed. Jesus personally touched and healed the mother-in-law of St. Peter. People brought so many sick people to Jesus until the night. We all have something to learn from today’s gospel. Everyone us have the power to heal as long as we believe and profess the presence of Jesus in our lives. We cannot heal anyone without serious prayer life. Healing and serving cannot be confined to only a certain and selective people who appreciate our ministries. The pride of successful ministry must not make us slaves to one type of people and places. We must be prepared to move beyond our comfort zones and to those people who would probably not going to accept us at all. May the Lord Jesus, the healer be our inspiration in our ministry to all people. Have a good day.

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