Fifth Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Monday of Ordinary Time February 10, 2020 WORD of the DAY 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: 56) How shall I live this Word? “… they begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak …”. The need to touch Him or touch His cloak reminds us of other scenes from the Gospel of Mark. In fact, He had healed many, so that those who had some illness tried to touch him. The woman with the hemorrhage had heard of Jesus. She came into the crowd, behind Him, and touched His cloak. In fact, she said: “If I can only touch His cloak, I will be healed.” The verb ‘ touch’ expresses with a material image, what faith is: a personal contact with Jesus, from whom you receive a gift that rehabilitates and makes you live. What are the sacraments if not an experiential way of entering into a relationship with Him? To ‘touch Him and be...