From the Gospel according to Mark. Mk 1:29-39
On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. 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.
When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.
The Gospel of the Lord.
He continues to act like this.
The Lord sought and seeks nothing for Himself, not even recognition, and thus He continues to act from the right hand of God the Father. He is a source of grace, a source of healing, a rocket to heaven. All His power is at our disposal. Will we take advantage of it? Let us do as He does and let us go to pray.
Applied to married life:
Lucy: I don’t feel valued, despite everything I do for you.
Deklan: I don’t feel valued by you either.
(Both went before the Lord to pray together, and the Lord acted.)
Lucy: Now I see things differently. What better opportunity for my life than to give it for you and announce the Lord?
Deklan: Nothing is more worthy or greater. It is an honor to serve you. I need nothing more for myself.
Giving is what makes us resemble Christ. How good it is to have a vocation and a place to give ourselves away. Thank you, Lord.