Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time [II]
I Samuel 3:1-10,19-20 + Mark 1:29-39
January 12, 2022
Rising very early before dawn, He left and went off to a deserted place, where He prayed.
In the light of Simon’s pursuit of Jesus and his informing Jesus that “everyone” is looking for Him, two actions of Jesus stand out. Both actions show the falsity of Simon’s claim.
The fact that this passage begins with the cure of Simon’s mother-in-law gives us a glimpse into his way of thinking. As more persons are cured, and as word spreads, Simon is convinced that “everyone” is looking for Jesus.
But “rising very early before dawn,” Jesus prayed in a deserted place. In that “desert” He entered into communion with His Father. His Father is primary to Jesus in an ultimate manner. His Father is also primary to the crowds that Simon calls “everyone”.
When Simon makes his claim to Jesus, He responds by explaining the need to “go on to the nearby villages”. Simon is parochial in his thinking, while Jesus wants no one excluded. At this point in His public ministry, Jesus is preaching and healing “throughout the whole of Galilee.”
As those three years continue, the effects of His ministry spread out in waves. Ultimately, His ministry culminates in His self-sacrifice on Calvary. Jesus’ prayer in today’s Gospel Reading foreshadows His prayer in Gethsemane after the Last Supper. Jesus offers His self-sacrifice on Calvary for all mankind throughout all of human history. This is the “everyone” whom Jesus was sent by His Father to serve.