How is our relationship with God

Post date: Feb 2, 2018 4:04:09 PM

4 February 2018 ( 5th Sunday In Ordinary Time )

[Job 7:1-4, 6-7] [1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23] [Mark 1:29-39]

This week's readings make us reflect on our personal relationship with God. It was a long day for Jesus as he went about healing people with all kinds of illness and those possessed by evil spirits. He healed them on the streets and in the synagogues. And when he learned that Simon's mother-in-law was ill, Jesus went all the way to her house and healed her as well. And the passage says she immediately waited on them. Many people were healed and they must have reacted in many different ways -- joy, surprise, relief. These are the normal ways people react, but what is lacking sometimes is gratitude. People want the gifts but don't think twice about the giver. We need to ask ourselves: How is our own relationship with God? Do we treat God like a dispensing machine, expecting God to give us blessings and healing when we need them? Then forget Him once we get what we want? Or are we more like Simon's mother-in-law, who used her gift of healing to serve others? We, too, should use the gifts of our time, talents or healing, in service to others.