Saint Hilary of Poitiers January 13, 2021

Mark 1:29-39 “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”

Saint Hilary of Poitiers 

Readings 

Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, 
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons 
throughout the whole of Galilee.

Reflection: 

Praying is not merely the act of talking to God. It is first and foremost, listening to Him. When we communicate through prayer, we are recharged and enabled to perform the mission entrusted to us.