5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
He heals the broken hearted, he binds up all their wounds
Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care,
that relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always by your protection.
This Sunday, the readings encourage us to look more deeply into the experience of human suffering. It is only through Christ that our pain and despair can and will be transformed. Just like the people in today’s Gospel, we are all longing for Christ.
In the First Reading, Job expresses despair and other sentiments. All of us can perhaps relate to these as we live through the impact of this global pandemic.
The Psalm is like an antidote to the words of loss cried out by Job. It speaks of healing for broken hearts and minds; of wounds being bound and tended by our loving God, whose wisdom extends across a universe that he knows and loves intimately.
In the Second Reading, Paul writes of how his own experience of Christ impels him to share the Good News with as many people as possible.
The Gospel continues from last week, describing the early days of Jesus’s ministry in Galilee. After praying with the synagogue community, Jesus responds to the needs of human suffering that he sees all around him. He heals and brings comfort to the sick and struggling. We see how important prayer is to Jesus – and how he wants to reach out to as many people as possible, rather than becoming settled with one community.
This week, let us pray for the grace to respond with wisdom and compassion to the suffering and needy of our own time. May prayer be at the centre of our lives as we seek the Lord, the One who heals and transforms all things with eternal divine love.