Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law

This week commences the beginning of the 2010 Liturgical Year for most Christians, as the Christmas Season ended after the Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ.   Sunday readings come from Luke, although today’s reading is from Mark.  Here is an excerpt – Mk 1: 29-34:

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

This is one of the first “pericopes” or accounts of the work of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel. The healing of Peter’s Mother in Law is also found at Matthew 8:14, and also Luke 4:38. Scholars believe that Mark placed this story in chapter 1 because Mark was an associate of the Apostle Peter, and Peter remembered this story as pivotal in his understanding of who Jesus was. However, the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in the Gospel of Mark is no different than the accounts in the other Gospels in one important respect. In all four Gospels, He healed the sick, performed miracles, cast out demons, and proclaimed the Kingdom of God.

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