07 February 2021

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today the Church in the United States celebrates the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The assigned readings are Job 7:1-4, 6-7; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; and Mark 1:29-39. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 147 (Psalm 147:1-6).

For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:

YouTube: Responsorial Psalm 147 | Praise the Lord Who Heals The Broken-hearted

The Gospel reading is as follows:

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.

Reflections on these readings:

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sunday Reflections: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 7, 2021

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 31, 2021)

Crossroads Initiative: We're on a Mission from God

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