Day 50 – February 19

Today’s Readings:

Leviticus 21-22
Mark 1:1-22
Psalm 50

“Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”  – Mark 1:30-31

Today we read the first recorded miracle in the gospel of Mark – Jesus dispels an unclean spirit. After leaving the synagogue, the scene shifts to Simon’s house where his mother-in-law is in bed with a fever. Perhaps Jesus had gone there for a break, a time for prayer and food. But no sooner than entering the home, he is told about the sick woman, and heals her of her fever.

The scene tells us something about the disciples. They haven’t been following Jesus for very long, yet, they have already made a habit of sharing their inmost hearts and concerns with him. They show the makings of trust and relationship with Jesus. And Jesus responds with a readiness, a genuine interest to take care of their needs.

Do we approach Jesus with our needs with such simplicity? Wanting to talk with Him as we would our best friend? There is no special formula of prayer necessary to get Jesus’ attention; He simply tells us to come to Him with the faith of a child (Matthew 18:3).

Let us ask for the gift of such a relationship with Jesus, inviting Him to be part of our daily – hourly lives! He desires to be the friend that responds to our every word and request with genuine love and interest in our daily struggles.

May God bless you!



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