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Fr Hugh’s Homily for Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Just typical, those men heal mother-in-law just so that she can get supper on the table.” That can be an immediate response to this gospel story. However let’s look at the whole picture. Concentrate on the last part for a moment. Jesus goes up to a lonely place to pray. Always a distant place, one where he can find some peace. What is prayer for him? We know from the number of times he does this that he cannot manage without it. The peace he finds gives him the opportunity to be at one with his Father. It is clear that this relationship is Jesus’ powerhouse. Just him and his Father together. This is him recharging his batteries. It gives him strength. After facing a sea of sickness, of poverty and worry, days of being with the mentally ill, as with any person, it takes its toll. More so because of his love for each of these people. Because of his understanding, his compassion for each, which the disciples don’t really understand as they are often happy to send people away, Jesus is very much alone in his compassion and connection with each person in the deepest sense…..