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Does Jesus Live Here?
Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5

from the book
There Are Demons In The Sea
Preaching The Message Of The Miracles

Richard Richard Carl Hoefler

Mark 1:29-34 — Matthew 8:14-17
Luke 4:38-41


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The Healing Of Peter's Mother-In-Law

Mothers-in-law are much maligned and frequently victimized by cruel characterizations in the jokes of comedians. Not so, however, in Holy Scripture.

In the Old Testament one of the most beautiful stories told is about Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. The worst fate that could befall a Hebrew woman happened to Naomi. She lost not only her husband but both of her sons as well. Yet her daughter-in-law Ruth clung to Naomi, and from this relationship we have the most popular words used at weddings to express devoted love between two persons: "For where you go, I will go, where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God."

Naomi proved to be a good and faithful mother-in-law, for it was her wise advice and careful coaching that enabled Ruth to become the wife of Boaz and eventually the great-grandmother of David, Israel's most illustrious ruler.

The miracle story we now consider is ...

This Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 preaching resource, Does Jesus Live Here?, is based on Mark 1:29-34 and relates to Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book There Are Demons In The Sea . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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