FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 8, 2021
Monday – Week Five
WORD of the DAY
After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed. (Mark 6: 53-56)
How shall I live this Word?
A multitude of the suffering want to meet Jesus to be healed. They hope that just touching the hem of His cloak is enough to achieve this. Perhaps they attribute a particular prodigious power to the mantle of Jesus. However, I believe that touching means something more. Just take a step back in the previous chapter, to recover the story of the hemorrhaging woman. Even that woman dreamed in her heart that if she could only touch the hem of His cloak she would be healed. Touching the cloak, perhaps without being seen, became for her the only way to obtain the grace of healing. By carefully reading that Gospel passage, it is understood that touching has a deeper meaning. It indicates a desire for relationship and reciprocity. The woman, and like her all the sick who wish to touch even the hem of Jesus’ mantle, do nothing but testify to the desire for relationship and reciprocity with Him.
Help us, Lord, to understand that being Your disciples is impossible without living a personal relationship with You. Make us understand, every day more and more, that we are not followers of a doctrine or a morality but participants in an encounter that has filled our life with joy.
The Voice of Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium 7
I will not tire of repeating those words of Benedict XVI that lead us to the center of the Gospel: “At the beginning of being a Christian there is not an ethical decision or a great idea, but rather the encounter with an event, with a Person, which gives life a new horizon and, with this, the decisive direction” (Deus Caritas Est, 1)”.
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