Good News B11
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1:29-39 Bible Gateway New International Version
1:29-39 Bible Gateway Contemporary English Version
Gospel Jesus heals many people and
casts out demons. Simon Peter’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever. When
Jesus came and held her hand and
helped her up, the fever left her. When we are feeling sick, Jesus will make us well. All we have to do is ask
him. If someone else in our family is sick, he can also make them well. We
should always say: if it is your will
Lord, please make me well. If it is your will Lord, please make my family well.
Right now, many of us are afraid of war.
We pray: Lord, if it is your
will, please give our world peace.
Jesus went to a deserted place to pray. Do you have a
quiet place where you can pray? Away from television, noise,
and other things that might distract you. Perhaps on a bench outside in
your garden, in a corner in your bedroom, in your closet or in front of a
little altar you made. Choose a place
that you consider to be the most Godly and pray there. Ask God to join you
yourself and the people in your family. Ask God to bless you with peace. Ask
God to help you grow healthy. Tell him your fears. Tell him your problems. If
your wagon is broken and you cannot fix it alone, ask God to send someone to
help you fix it. If your mother is out of a job, ask God to put a new job in
her path. Ask God to send a peaceful answer to your problems.
Make sure you
praise God and tell him all the things you are thankful for. Remember that
everything you have is a gift from God. Your food, clothing, house, bicycle,
school, books…everything is a gift from God.
One of the
best ways you can heal yourself is by forgiving yourself and others. You are
human and make mistakes. Sometimes your mistake seems really big and you find
it hard to forgive yourself. Remember that Jesus
died on the cross to save you from your sins, your mistakes. God forgives you.
He wants you to forgive yourself. If you find that you are having trouble
forgiving yourself or others, say: Out devil, in the name of Jesus. This will
keep the devil away from you so that you can think clearly. With the devil out
of the way, you can see how much God loves you and it will be easier to forgive
yourself and others.
Say the Our
Father and thank God for his love.
Father, who art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
as it is in heaven.
Give us this
day, our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
forgive those who trespass against us.
us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
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