100 Words – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: “God’s Heart”

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By Peter Oliver, Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry

He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up.Mark 1:31

Today’s gospel is an ECG of God’s beating heart, an indivisible this-is-love, lub-dub:

  1. Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law (lub)
  2. Jesus receives hospitality from Peter’s mother-in-law (dub)
  3. Jesus heals and casts out demons from everyone in the city (lub)
  4. Jesus prays in a deserted place (dub)

That is what God’s heartbeat looks like. It’s together-making: Jesus gives; Jesus receives; Jesus gives; Jesus receives.

Jesus didn’t launch a fix-you-up church. He gave life to a body that’s called to be “heart of God” in the world – giving to those in need; being in need (i.e., vulnerable) and receiving.

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[This is a weekly blog re-published from www.olivebranchministry.ca with permission from author Peter Oliver. Each post is exactly 100 words.]