A reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 3:1-9)


Brothers and sisters,

I could not talk to you as spiritual people,

but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ.

I fed you milk, not solid food,

because you were unable to take it.

Indeed, you are still not able, even now,

for you are still of the flesh.

While there is jealousy and rivalry among you,

are you not of the flesh, and walking,

according to the manner of man?

Whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another,

“I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men?


What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul?

Ministers through whom you became believers,

just as the Lord assigned each one.

I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.

Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything,

but only God, who causes the growth.

He who plants and he who waters are one,

and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor.

For we are God’s co-workers;

you are God’s field, God’s building.




Responsorial Psalm (Ps 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21)


R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,

the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.

From heaven the LORD looks down;

he sees all mankind.


R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

From his fixed throne he beholds

all who dwell on the earth,

He who fashioned the heart of each,

he who knows all their works.


R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Our soul waits for the LORD,

who is our help and our shield;

For in him our hearts rejoice;

in his holy name we trust.


R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.




Alleluia (Lk 4:18)


R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor

and to proclaim liberty to captives.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.






From the Gospel according to Luke (Lk 4:38-44)


After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.

Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,

and they interceded with him about her.

He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.

She got up immediately and waited on them.


At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases

brought them to him.

He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.

And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”

But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak

because they knew that he was the Christ.


At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.

The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,

they tried to prevent him from leaving them.

But he said to them, “To the other towns also

I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,

because for this purpose I have been sent.”

And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.






Entering the house of Simon Peter, Jesus sees that his mother-in-law is in bed with a fever; he immediately takes her by the hand, heals her, and raises her. After sunset, since the Sabbath is over the people can go out and bring the sick to Him; He heals a multitude of people afflicted with maladies of every kind: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Having come to earth to proclaim and to realize the salvation of the whole man and of all people, Jesus shows a particular predilection for those who are wounded in body and in spirit: the poor, the sinners, the possessed, the sick, the marginalized. Thus, He reveals Himself as a doctor both of souls and of bodies, the Good Samaritan of man. He is the true Saviour: Jesus saves, Jesus cures, Jesus heals. (Angelus, 8 February 2015)