The Divine Physician (Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Here is the song I mention in this Sunday’s homily:

Job 7:1-4, 6-7

Job began to speak: Is not man’s life on earth nothing more than pressed service,  his time no better than hired drudgery? Like the slave, sighing for the shade, or the workman with no thought but his wages, months of delusion I have assigned to me,  nothing for my own but nights of grief. Lying in bed I wonder, ‘When will it be day?’  Risen I think, ‘How slowly evening comes!’  Restlessly I fret till twilight falls. Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle my days have passed,  and vanished, leaving no hope behind. Remember that my life is but a breath,  and that my eyes will never again see joy.

Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.  That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.  In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.

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