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Homily - 8thFebruary, 2015 - Fifth Sunday of the Year, B

posted 6 Feb 2015, 11:04 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by StJohns Annitsford ]

8thFebruary, 2015 -- Fifth Sunday of the Year, B

H.B. & Hw.
We identify with Job's description of life as `pressed service' and `hired drudgery', especially in these times of global recession. Family,employment, health; we struggle to get through the day given the mountainous waves of problem and difficulty. My friend has given up the news media for its continuing misery. Bully for him but many of us cannot avoid what's in our own backyard.

So we try harder and do more and more, forgetting we are human beings, not human doings.

The Lord knows all about `pressed service' and `hired drudgery'. Once the word is out that God's healing power works through Jesus, he is swamped.

They come in their droves in the brokenness of poverty, sickness and breakdown. The whole town comes crowding round Simon Peter's door looking for the healing touch. And that's only in Capernaum. Jesus could have worked night and day in all the other towns of Galilee, healing, releasing and teaching.

And what does he do? Jesus stands back. Jesus withdraws. Jesus goes off to a lonely place to be
with God, to pray, to let go and let God. "But everyone in Capernaum is looking for you," the disciples complain. Come on, there's work to be done, for heaven's sake! They miss a whole
dimension. Don't we all? We simply must learn to prioritise, whatever the `pressed service' and `hired drudgery'. And the priority is prayer, being totally raised up into the divine dimension. Like Jesus, to do the work of the Father we need to be with the Father. Being with the Father is the release of saving power, to serve, bring Good News and heal and to answer our brother's and sister's every need. 

To be with the Father after all is to be served by the Father. To be with the Father is to be renewed and strengthened by God's presence. And if Jesus needs to be alone before God and to be served by the divine presence, so do we, obviously! We need to be before God, in our utter dependence and to be renewed totally by God's presence.

We can all learn to be with God in silence and stillness. This ensures that our service is what God wants for his people, the people we serve. The Lord Jesus himself is our inspiration. And the Lord Jesus inspires us to be with God regardless of life's demands, regardless of the `pressed service' and `hired drudgery'. Let's do it. Let's do it day in and day out and never give up. Let us pray without ceasing.