According to Mark 1,29-39
don Alberto / Homily of Sunday 2021 February 7 – V during the year B
The Gospel passage that we are about to hear is often presented as the story of a typical day of Jesus.
It could also be about several episodes that took place during different circumstances, but the evangelist Mark refers to them by setting them within a space-time framework: Capernaum, the city that Jesus had chosen as his homeland after Nazareth, and the time is enclosed within just one day. We do not know the reason nor is it easy to imagine it. However, we can let ourselves be taken by the facts to try to get some lessons out of them.
The fact is that during the time of one day, Jesus was in the synagogue and then dedicated himself to the sick who were looking for him. We will know the details by listening to the Gospel carefully.
It would be useful to read here the Gospel according to Mark 1, 29-39
It is really not easy to keep up with Jesus. It almost seems that his day does not go from morning to evening, but from the day before to the day after. In fact, the story opens with Jesus coming out of the synagogue (where we don’t know how long he stayed for) and ends the following morning with the apostles looking for him because the crowds are already waiting for him.
So here are three scenes in which we can summarize the day of Jesus and on which to pause for our reflection: the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, the crowds with the sick who seek him in the evening at the city gate and the people who have already gone to look for him the next day.
The first is very simple, but significant. They tell him about a woman suffering from a fever and so Jesus gets to work on her: “He went up to her and made her get up, taking her hand; the fever left her and she served them”. Not a word! She would have been one too many. But concrete facts: his attention and his love bring healing and from the healing comes the service.
The same thing happens in the evening in front of the city gate. Here there is not a single person but the whole city that brought “all the sick” to him. Here too, on Jesus’s behalf there’s no mentioning of words, except – though we must imagine them – those used to prevent the demons from speaking.
The last scene mentioned is that consumed between Jesus and his disciples, who, not knowing where he was, start looking for him and having found him, they present him with the request: “Everyone is looking for you!”. This time, however, Jesus does not go out to meet the crowd and does not even wait for them, but gives order to the disciples and with them he goes elsewhere.
What else had happened in the meantime? Perhaps the most important thing that the evangelist does not say, however, but we must imagine it.
In the middle there was the night. And above all is prayer, which is the time that Jesus dedicated to the conversation with his Father from “when it was still dark until the arrival of the disciples”. Even this is not given to us to know how long it was. But for Jesus it was enough to put himself fully in the Father’s will and refocus attention on the mission received. I believe it may be the greatest teaching of him for us.
As if to say: we cannot get used to Jesus because otherwise … it would be us, like the people of his time, who demand what we want. And to go looking for him only for what we like.