5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

First reading: Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 146(147):1-6
Second reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

Theme: Lord, everybody is looking for you!


Life is a journey that one has to move cautiously, consciously and constantly. This journey of life is about finding the meaning of life, its purpose, fulfilment and in fact to know oneself in relation to the world around. In our bid to find what’s meaningful in life we experience both joy and suffering. Our readings of today highlight the realities of life and our yearnings.

Explanation of the Text

Our first reading of today recounts one of Job’s lamentations about the misery of life. Job has experienced a great suffering and he is bewildered by his situation. He grieves and frets; yet even in his distress, anguish and pain he cries out to God in prayer, trusting that God is still there.

Like Job who seeks God in his suffering, the multitude in our Gospel today also went in search of Jesus when news got to them of His presence in their community. When eventually they found Him, Peter remarked, “Lord everyone is looking for you” (Mk 1:37).

Indeed everyone is looking for Jesus. There is in all of our hearts a “God-size” hole. Only God can fill it. St Augustine says that our souls are restless unless they rest in God because there is a yearning, and longing that is infinite.

The consumer who looks for the latest thing, the most upgraded gadgets, the bigger car and wealth is really seeking you. The sports fan who spends enormous amounts of time and money on betting nay such pursuits is really seeking fulfilment in you.

The discouraged or angry divorced person looking for the “perfect marriage” and the priest who wants a “better parish” are really seeking you and your perfection. The alcoholic or addict who tries to find relief at the bottom of a glass of a wine or the end of a joint is really seeking the peace that only you can give.

Even the atheist who denies you because he cannot see you and is angry at the suffering and evil in the world is actually confessing his/her desire for your justice and solace. The young girl applying her makeup looking for attention is actually seeking you and the warm embrace of your love and acceptance.

Jesus like Paul in our second reading has made Himself all things so that He will win at least some for Himself. He understands our sufferings and comes to our aid. The Psalmist has a message of great comfort for us. God loves us, healing the broken-hearted, binding up our wounds and raising the lowly…

May you be comforted. Happy Sunday!



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