Saturday, February 7, 2015

02-08-2015 -- 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

February 8, 2015 - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church

Job was depressed. His life was in complete ruin. Everything he loved in the world had been taken away from him. His property. His children. His wealth. All gone.

His life was a tragedy. He's much like the people in the Gospel. The tired, the sick, the possessed, their lives filled with difficulties and weaknesses.

Many of us experience the same thing. We are beset by difficulties, weakness, sickness, disease. We have feelings of low self-esteem because we always seem to fail at relationships.

We are consumed by negative attitudes of anger, bitterness, jealousy, hatred. We are overcome by loneliness and depression. The result: hardened, bitter hearts. No joy, only heartache.

Job is brokenhearted. Job tells us: I am filled with restlessness until the dawn. I shall not see happiness again. His life was misery and drudgery.

Job could have chosen to continue grieving rather than to live. But Job found a solution for his aching heart. Job says: the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Psalmist tells us: praise the Lord who heals the brokenhearted.

The Psalmist also tells us to praise the Lord for the Lord is good, to sing praise to our God for God is gracious. Our God sustains the lowly and heals the brokenhearted.

Jesus has the power to heal the brokenhearted. We are the broken hearted who desire healing from the Lord.
So how do we receive this healing? The Gospel says Simon Peter pursued Jesus and on finding him said: everyone is looking for you.

Are we? Are we looking for Jesus? Are we seeking the Lord?

We should be looking for Jesus because Jesus alone can heal our hurts and pains. Jesus alone can forgive our sins. Jesus alone can restore us and give us strength.

This restoration begins with the realization that we belong to the Lord God. We are all God’s marvelous creations. Each of us is wonderfully, uniquely made.

We are not disappointments to God. When God sees us broken, God says, I am not finished with him yet; I still have some work to do with her.

God desires to be at work in each of our lives, healing, forgiving, restoring, strengthening.

The gospel miracles are signs of God’s loving care for us. They reflect the Lord’s power over evil.

Jesus comes to heal the hearts of those who have been broken by financial ruins, failed relationships, cruelty and ingratitude.

Jesus comes to restore those whose lives have been stories of disappointment and missed opportunity.

Are we looking for the Lord to come? Are we looking for the Lord to heal us?

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