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Job 7:1-4, 6-7
1Cor 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

Beloved in Christ, as we gather to celebrate the 5th sunday in ordinary time (year b) Mother Church invites us to reflect on human suffering in the life of the innocent as well as in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Therefore I have chosen “”LIFE CAN BE GOOD”” as our theme for today. This theme is a call on us to be men and women of hope no matter the circumstances of our lives. We are to affirm that the existence of suffering and evil in our world cannot deprive us of our Christian joy. Infact, we are always to say, that there is light the end of the tunnel and all we need is hope. It is against this background that our first and gospel readings of today make sense.
Beloved, for in the first reading the lesson the author intended to teach was that, the belief among the Jews that God rewarded the just in this life and punished the wicked was not well-founded. For in Job, the author presents the story of an innocent man who suffers. However the author falls short of answering the question” WHY THE GOOD SUFFER”. This notwithstanding we Christians are privileged because the example of Christ’s suffering helps to see the true value of suffering in this life.
My dear friend,it is this understanding that help us to discover the Christian perspective on suffering, namely, 1. God’s loving way of giving us the chance of making atonement for our sins. 2. To enable us atone for a fellowman incapable of carrying their own saving cross. Consequently the suffering of the innocent becomes an occasion of grace for the innocent as well as the one who caused the suffering.
Beloved,in the gospel, Jesus cures the sick as part of his proclamation of the Kingdom. He also affirmed that we should come to God in search of a relationship with God and not because of miracles. But unfortunately, these days some Christians move from church to church not in search of a relationship with God but in search of miracles. Consequently,
ministry has become a means of duping the people of God and of boasting on the part of some ministers of
Beloved in Christ, kindly share this homily with your friends to remind them that even though there is so much suffering in our world, life can still be good for the one who has a relationship with the Lord.
This has been Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for the 5th sunday in ordinary time year b.
May God richly bless you.

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