Old Testament: Isaiah 40:21-31
Epistle: 1 Cor. 9:16-27
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany
Theme for Today’s Liturgy
What is “that”? Jesus has healed diseases and cast out demons, but He has come for the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life – He says “that is why I came out.” (Gospel) In doing so Jesus stands opposed to the forces of darkness that would drag us into death and hell, and in casting out demons He demonstrates His power over sin, death, and devil (Gospel, Introit). The Lord gives power to the faint and strength to him who has no might, reaching out to us just as He reached out to the sick in Capernaum (OT). Through His mighty power we are restored, by His anointing we receive the Gospel message of salvation, and through the means of grace the Holy Spirit keeps us steadfast in the true faith (Collect). Where the Lord of Life enters there is no room for death (Gospel).