29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
- As you encounter the text today, allow yourself to join in the crowd as it surrounds the door.
- Who do you notice in the crowd?
- Are you close to the door or are you on the fringes?
- Who is being healed?
- You have come to see the one who is healing and casting out demons.
- How do you hope to be healed?
- Listen to the chatter of the crowd.
- How does the crowd hope to be healed?
- The light of the day is dwindling and it is time for evening rest.
- Do you go straight home? Or do you linger awhile?
- What hope do you carry from this encounter?
- Give thanks to God for this time in the crowd and for any new insights you have gained.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 4, 2018, the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
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(c) 2018 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD