A Private Miracle

5th Sunday after Epiphany
Scripture: St. Mark 1:29-39

As Jesus begins His earthly ministry He offers a glimpse into the fullness of that ministry. It starts with the healing of Peter’s Mother-in-Law.

There are 3 aspects of this portion of scripture:

1.) He never separates WORDS from ACTION
2.) He never separates SOUL from BODY
3.) He never separates EARTH and HEAVEN
Jesus sees Peter’s Mother-in-Law sick in bed with a fever. They never speak a word to one another. He simply takes her hand and says to her, "Rise from your sick bed." Then the fever left her, wherein she begins to serve the him and the disciples a meal. There is no evidence of fanfare or show in His actions.

Jesus is our Master. He ministers to the whole BODY and SOUL Jesus displays the evidence of BODY and SOUL in this miracle.

We experience "the feeding of the masses" at Thanksgiving and Christmas… yet we seldom focus on the spiritual side of life then. But what about the rest of the year, for we desperately need nourishment of the body and soul daily?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we paid MORE attention to our spiritual needs daily and LESS to our physical needs?

We need to take time daily to recharge our spiritual batteries. This is evident after Jesus healed and ministered to the needs of others. In fact, He often went off alone to recharge and communicate with OUR Heavenly Father.

It’s a proven fact that after 8 hours of labor, our energy level starts to dwindle. 12-hour work schedules CAN be less productive than an 8 hour day because our energy level.

Some say “I DON’T NEED THE CHURCH”! My late Father-in-Law said often “Why should I go to church and spend time with those hypocrites? Because I spend 40-some hours with them at work.”

The desire of Jesus while on Earth was that there was No Separation between WORDS and ACTIONS, BODY and SOUL, because one is a child of God in all ACTIONS.