Job and his friends are having an intense conversation in today’s first reading. Psalm 147 also extols the value of a community, one that sings praises to our God who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. In Mark’s Gospel we see Jesus ministering to Simon’s mother-in-law, followed by the community bringing Jesus all those who were sick or possessed with demons.
Christ is at work amongst a community that gathers together to heal those in need. Job, in the Old Testament, is suffering and his friends come to support him. Perhaps it is of no matter that they miss the mark a bit. The fact is that they gather and want the best for him, just as the community does in the New Testament Gospel reading. We want the best for those we love. We desire healing and wholeness for those who need it.
Christ desires this for communities too. The work of healing prayer is draining though and he takes time to rise while it is still dark and go to a deserted place to pray. Having grabbed a few moments of silence and prayer, he is on again, to the mission for which he is called.
What is your experience of a community surrounding you? Do you call upon them when you are in need?