Sunday, February 9, 2003 (5th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
On Sunday, February
9, 2003 we have the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Gospel reading (Mary
1:29-39) tells the story of Jesus healing many people. After He
leaves the synagogue, Jesus goes with His disciples James and John to the
home of Simon and Andrew. Jesus heals Simon's mother-in-law, who has
been sick with a fever. Following this healing, many people gather
outside the house to be healed. Jesus cures people with illnesses,
and also drives demons (evil spirits) out of other people.
Afterwards, Jesus wakes up early and goes away from his disciples to have
some quiet prayer time alone. The disciples follow after Jesus -
many people are looking for Jesus because they have heard of His many
miracles. They want to know more about Jesus. In the end of
this week's Gospel Jesus goes throughout Galilee preaching, teaching and
driving out demons.
This week's Second Reading (1 Corinthians 9:16-19;22-33)
comes from a letter from St. Paul, who writes about his love for preaching
the Gospel, the good news that Jesus died to save each of us from our sins
and offer us everlasting life. Paul didn't want money or fame in
exchange for sharing the Gospel - just like God offers us salvation
While you color
this week, take some quiet time to pray as Jesus did after he healed so
many people. Think about times in your day when you might be able to
have a quiet conversation with Jesus. Also, be brave like Saint Paul
and look for ways to share the Gospel's good news with your own friends
and family. To color the pictures, click on the small
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Monday, February 3 is the Feast of St. Blaise, the
Patron of those with Throat Diseases and Wednesday, February 5 is the
Feast of St. Agatha, Patron of Nurses. Do you know someone who is
sick or in the hospital? Say a special prayer for this person and
make them a special "get well" card.