Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. Ron Mateer: Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsville, VA
   Rev. Ron Mateer



FEBRUARY 4, 2018


In Mark’s healing stories, the details matter -- who it is, where it is, what the ailment and the symptoms. Here it matters that the setting is in the house of Simon and Andrew and that the person who is ill is a member of the family, Peter’s mother-in-law. Excavations are still going on in Capernaum and what is believed to be Peter’s mother-in-law’s house and Jesus base of operations. It is an insula, the most common house in Jesus’s day. An insula was a house with a central cooking, eating and gathering area surrounded by many rooms, one for each family, individual unit.

The word, translated by the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) as “lifted her up” is the word, “raised” --- “he raised her up.” The verb to “raise up” is used in healing stories in Mark 1:31, 2:9, 2:11, 3:3, 5:41, 9:27. The healing of Peter’s mother-in-law is the first resurrection story in the gospel.



Welcome to this special liturgical holy day known as Super Bowl Sunday. No use fighting it. I know that some of you are focused almost completely on football today. I heard about one young guy who is really in a difficult situation. He bought two tickets for today’s Super Bowl far in advance. He forgot that he and his fiancé had scheduled their wedding for this same day and ...

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Postal: PO Box 5184, Martinsville, VA 24115 | Phone: (276) 632-4677 | Email

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