14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil,15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.
16 For surely it is not with angels that he is concerned but with the descendants of Abraham.17 Therefore he had to be made like his brethren in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people.18 For because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.
29 And immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her.31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them.
32 That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.33 And the whole city was gathered together about the door.34 And he healed 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.35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.
36 And Simon and those who were with him pursued him,37 and they found him and said to him, “Every one is searching for you.”38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.”39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
THE FIRST READING: The author let it be known that Christ who share the same nature as man; implying that his body is prone to death—a work of the devil who use the eminence of death to keep us in bondage by instilling fear in us. It was nessesary that Christ be born and share the image of man exposed to the same temptations and pain, for Him to be a forgiving, merciful, faithful healer and High priest to His people.
THE GOSPEL READING: Christ performed the first bodily healing miracle when Simon and Andrew informed Him that Simons mother in law was bedridden. These two brothers brought more people who were sick and demon possessed to Simon Peters house, so Christ may heal them.
Note the typological inference; ‘Simon Peters house,’ the Church founded on rock, would be the “pillar and bulwark of the truth (Isa 51:1;17:10;1Tim 3:15), the home where God’s children will be healed and comforted. St Mark found it nessesary to inform us that Christ rose early the next morning to isolate and pray whilst Simon, Andrew and a few other followers overslept in his house. Notwithstanding their tardiness, these men got up from their laizy beds to search and pursue Christ! We who have been confirmed in the faith founded upon Peter are obligated to persue Christ, sing His praises, moreover we must search and invite the fallen away; those in bondage or sick and lonely to come, see taste and meet Christ who is perpetually resident in the house of Simon Peter!
LET US PRAY: Psalms 105:1-4,6-9
1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples!2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works!3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
4 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually!6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!7 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.8 He is mindful of his covenant for ever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,9 the covenant which he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac,
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days
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