February 7, 2021, 5th Sunday of Epiphany

Theme: Living In Christ: Prioritizing God’s Purpose

Homily by Fr. Andy Ilustre

Old Testament Proclamation: Isaiah 40 : 21 – 31

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 147 : 1- 4; 15 – 18

New Testament Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 9 : 16 – 23

Gospel Proclamation: Mark 1 : 32 – 39

Our Gospel today speaks of Christ’s authority, dominion, and purpose. After preaching in the synagogues, Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and many people who are sick with various diseases. He also cast out many demons. With this, Jesus’ fame spread in the region of Galilee. When the people began to see the authority of Jesus, the whole city looked for Him and were gathered together at the door of Simon Peter’s house (verse 33). In the same way, we are to look to Christ as our source of everything that we need in our lives. We are to seek Jesus and His grace, healing, and restoration. In verse 34, Jesus did not permit the demons – our foe – to testify, for His ministry speaks for Who He is. He was healing people from their infirmities and was casting out many demons.

Jesus rose early the following day, left the house, and went out to a solitary place to pray (verse 35). Jesus constantly communed with the Father. As demonstrated by our King, we are to continually seek God’s purpose and calling in our lives.  It is through prayer that we receive His power, motivation, and strength to overcome problems, hindrances, and weaknesses as we continue our journey.

While the people were looking far and wide because of Jesus’ miracles, we are to be mindful of who we are: We are His people and He is our Lord. We are servants and He remains sovereign. Jesus did not merely want to please the crowds. His sole desire was to please the Father. His passion was to focus on His mission and He did not allow the popularity in Capernaum to distract Him from accomplishing His purpose.

In our prayer, we should ask God’s guidance, wisdom, and direction so we can prioritize His purpose. We cannot keep on adding things without properly cutting things out.  We are called to be priority-driven people. Following Christ’s example, let us stay focused on the purpose God set for us.

Homily Recap by Precious Ratay

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