When interpreted by fundamentalists the Gospel this weekend is used to suggest that the place of women is in the home. This is not Mark’s intention in telling as the account of the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law.

There are two things, among others, worth noticing in this text: First, Jesus broke the strict laws of ritual purity of his time. He ignored the taboo and took her by the hand, raising her to health. We might ask what Jesus teaches us about discernment by doing this. Second, notice how Simon’s mother-in-law reveals a “servant-heart”. Peter’s mother-in-law’s response to the healing Jesus offers her is  a discipleship of service, a model to which Jesus will repeatedly invite his followers to embrace throughout the Gospel. This is also the model of his own life.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 5th Sunday of the Year.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Job: 7:1-4,6-7; Psalm 146; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23 & Mark 1:29-39

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