Jesus Heals Many
 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.  Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her.  So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.  That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.  The whole town gathered at the door,  and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place
 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.  Simon and his companions went to look for him,  and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”  Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”  So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
It's easy to get caught up in the miraculous in today's readings but I'm more taken by the quiet. Jesus must have been exhausted after his healing ministry, would have needed rest and rejuvenation. He knew that wasn't going to happen but he also knew the source of all energy; prayer.
So often when my life gets really busy it is my prayer time that takes the hit. Today I'm reminded that especially in times of need and exhaustion prayer is energy giving, sustaining and essential.
Jesus you show us how to live and how to pray; and today we're reminded to keep praying. Thank you for showing us the importance of prayer. Amen