5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 7, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

JB 7:1-4, 6-7 PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 1 COR 9:16-19, 22-23

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The Cure of Simon’s Mother-in-Law, Other Healings, and Jesus Leaves Capernaum

Mk 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you."
He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come."
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.


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St. Victoria of Albitina (Feast Day February 12)

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St. Victoria of Albitina was born in North Africa. She converted to Christianity when she was still a youth. Victoria refused an arranged marriage to a young nobleman and on her wedding day she escaped through a window in her parents’ house. She sought refuge in a nearby church and there dedicated her life to God.

Her pagan brother tried to intercede with the judge by claiming she was insane; she disproved this by engaging in a debate with the judge. The judge was willing to release her if she agreed to her brother’s supervision, but she refused, saying she would obey only God. The judge, knowing her family, pleaded with her to not throw away her life on what he considered a fantasy; she proclaimed that she was a Christian, that she was loyal to God, and that she had taken part in the Eucharist. She was noted during her imprisonment for her courage. She was later martyred with 45 fellow parishioners.


Take time to chat

  • Share a time when you asked Jesus to help when you or someone you know was sick.
  • Today’s Gospel tells us that “the whole town” was gathered at the door of Simon and Andrew’s house. How many people do you think Jesus healed that night?
  • Why do you think it was important for Jesus to go and preach in the other villages?
  • St. Victoria of Albitina dedicated her life to God at a young age. What do you think inspires someone to devote their life to God? In what way have you dedicated your life to God?


Recipe of the week

Hot Roast Beef Party Sandwiches

Peter’s mother-in-law hosted people at her house just after Jesus healed her. This is a great recipe whether you are hosting people or simply gathering with your family.

2 (9-oz) pkgs. dinner rolls

2/3 cup peach preserves

½ cup mustard/mayo blend (Grey Poupon has a great dijon blend)

¾ lb. thinly sliced deli roast beef

½ lb. thinly sliced Havarti cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Remove rolls from packages. Do not separate rolls. Cut rolls in half horizontally, creating one top and one bottom per package. Spread preserves on top side of rolls; spread mustard-mayo on bottom side of rolls; top with beef and cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Put two halves together, preserves side down, and wrap in aluminum foil.

To make ahead, prepare recipe until this point. Freeze up to one month and thaw overnight in refrigerator and bake as directed.

Bake at 325 F for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Slice into individual sandwiches.

Optional: Add ½ cup toasted walnuts to add crunch.


Family Fun


Have each family member create a 5x5 bingo board (either print one out or just draw it on a regular piece of paper). In a random pattern, fill the squares with numbers, letters, words, or pictures. If using words or pictures, you may want to choose a theme such as football. Whatever answers are on the board, write them on a slip of paper and put them in a bowl. Have one person pick a slip of paper and call out the answer. Participants cover the square that was called if it is on their board. The first person to get 5 squares covered across, down, or on the diagonal wins! Consider having small prizes for the winner or let them be the one to call the answers next.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer for Family Members

Jesus still heals and takes care of people’s needs today. Take time to pray for the needs of those in your family. Each family member can name one or more persons they want to pray for. Write all the names down and pray the prayer below, inserting the names as indicated.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord Jesus, protect [list of names] physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically this day. Help them to know that they can turn to you for strength and guidance. Keep evil far from them and help them to trust you as their refuge and strength.  Make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that with you they can face any challenge. Take care of them in all the circumstances of their lives. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today’s Gospel, Jesus came into the house or “under the roof” of Simon Peter’s House. Fill in the blank with these words: roof, soul, Word, worthy. Lord, I am not _________ that you should enter under my _______, but only say the ______ and my _____ shall be healed. When do we say this response at Mass?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Continue to do the Prayer for Family Members (above) throughout the rest of the week.

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Fun Facts!

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Today, in the city of Capernaum, you can see the excavation site of Simon Peter’s house, the actual site where today’s Gospel story happened. A large modern church has been built over the site, but visitors can see the first century home through a large glass window in the middle of the church.