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'Decision Time'
(Archived on Sunday - February - 08/02/2009 )

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  Photo was taken at Gibbonsgrove, near Charleville, Co.Cork (Irl)  
 
These farmers are in total concentration with the job at hand. A farm clearance sale of 50 top quality Continental Suckling Cows drew the farmers in. The bidding was fast and furious. It is often done with the flick of a finger with the auctioneer keenly watching the tiny movements of many fingers!!

 

Thought on Sunday - February - 08/02/2009

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon's mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped, her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them. ~Mark 1:29-30

The following reflection is courtesy of Reality Magazine

One of the most amazing things about Jesus was his compassion. He cared for people like nobody else before or since. It didn't matter who or what they were. He just had to help, heal and comfort all who were in need.

We see this in the extract from Mark's Gospel above. Peter's mother-in-law is ill in bed with fever. But as soon as Jesus hears about her sickness, he goes to her and cures her. Later he spends the entire evening curing others of all kinds of sickness of mind and body. So many people came to him for help that the whole town is crowding round the door. Jesus doesn't have a minute to himself, but he turns nobody away. He is there for them all for as long as it takes, even long after sunset.

Jesus' whole ministry, his entire life, was about bringing the love and healing touch of God to others especially those who needed it most, the sick, the broken and those on the margins. As Christians, we too are called to be there for others, to let them see in our care and concern for them the loving face of God.

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