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His Motive Is Love

Let us move on to the neighboring villages so that I may proclaim the Good News there also. That is what I have come to do
Mark 1:29-39

Sermon Topic Good News

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:38


The story is told of a woman who possessed everything she ever could need or want except one thing: peace of mind. For years she had been troubled by the strange delusion that huge swarms of birds were attacking her. She spent much time going from one psychiatrist to another, but none seemed able to get to the root of her problem. Finally, she engaged the most eminent man on the European continent. After a year's analysis, the doctor said to her, "Madam, I am certain I shall never discover the reason for your delusion. But before we part, let me take you to dinner." And as the doctor escorted the woman to his car, she was attacked by a huge swarm of birds.

With all the attention we place today upon our public image ("what others think"), we seem no less interested in digging into the roots of our conduct (our self-image). We like to think of ourselves as wide-awake to our reasons for liking this or that, or for doing this or that. We like to think of ourselves as having made some sense out of who we are. We pride ourselves in being able to take an overview of our actions-what makes us "tick," our motivation. Moreover, we are not above engaging in the delicate practice of reading other people's motives-as, for example, in the classic situation of the family argument when everything surfaces. Self-analysis is, of course, a laudable endeavor, but like each dog it has its bark. For Hamlet, self-reflection came to be a disease; and when Don Quixote finally began to think about himself and his motives, he stopped crusading.

In today's Gospel Lesson, when Jesus visits the house of the brothers Simon and Andrew, He is simply told that Simon's mother-in-law is ill with fever, and He cures her. Later that day the apostles brought to Him everyone in town with an affliction, and He cured them. The next day He is told by Simon that all are looking for Him, and He goes with them to preach. What we have here is [...]

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