Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 07-FEB-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Epiphany 5 – "Covenant Sunday 2021" – The gospel passage gives some insights into what can be involved when we commit to being followers of Jesus. According to Mark, early in Jesus' ministry there were a few eventful days during which he persuaded four fishermen to make the astonishingly irresponsible decision to leave their occupations and families and follow him to goodness knows where. After some incident-packed days Jesus and his new disciples visited the home of two of them, the brothers Peter and Andrew, where they found Peter's mother-in-law in bed, seriously ill with a fever. She would have been upset with the illness, and at being prevented from serving her guests. And she would almost certainly have been upset at the idea of her two boys walking out on her to be with this strange man Jesus. Sensing her unhappiness, Jesus went over to her and helped her up; the fever was cured, and she was free to serve them. That evening, after healing a lot of visitors, Jesus was left exhausted. He needed a time of quietness and reflection, the same as we do when we're overcome with responsibilities and anxieties; so the next morning he got up very early to find a secluded spot where he could pray to the God whom he called Father. When the disciples tracked him down Jesus was refreshed and connected, ready for the next town. We, too, need a time to pause and reconnect; a time to be mindful of the call that is on our life, and on the resources that God provides.
Mark 1: 29-39

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