Praise the Lord, who heals the broken hearted

(Job 7:1-4, 6-7; I Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39)

I know someone who has the keen ability to “size up” a difficult, troubling situation/event quickly and to sum up the situation/event with simply the use of three words: “SAD, SAD, SAD”! Today’s first reading from Job seems to qualify for this summation. It is a SAD reading! Job concludes “I shall not see happiness again.”

If left with just our first reading, we, too, could become very sad. But immediately our Responsorial Psalm lifts us from this place “without hope” and points us in the direction of the Gospel with the refrain “Praise the Lord, who heals the broken hearted”. In the Lord there is hope…healing.. Restoration.

Mark’s Gospel contains the “solution” to Job’s despair—Jesus Christ! The sick the possessed, the troubled are brought to Christ by those who believe in Jesus Christ—to be healed and restored. The miracles come via the belief and trust of those who approach him.

At least two questions occur with today’s readings. 1. How much do I help other people in their illness (sick, addictions, despair) approach Christ, who can help them? Ho do I do this?. 2. When I am the one suffering, like Job, do I try to hold on to my belief in Christ … despite the emptiness, loneliness, sorrow, etc… and reflect a trust in God’s love for me by my joyful living of today’s Responsorial Psalm “Praise the Lord, who heals the broken hearted”! When recently, did I experience this type of hope in the Lord?

Father Shields


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