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Good News B11

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Mark 1:29-39 New American Bible

Mark 1:29-39 Bible Gateway New International Version

Mark 1:29-39 Bible Gateway Contemporary English Version


Driving Out Demons


In today’s 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 there.

Pray for 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.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.



Copyright © 2003 Joan Y. Edwards, All rights reserved.