Monday, February 5, 2018

“Our doubts do not destroy God's love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son.”

"Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self."--Mother Teresa: (1910 – 1997: Founded the Missionaries of Charity)

Gospel Text: (Mark 6:53-56)
After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples 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.

Each person Jesus heals is a sacred encounter.  Restoring people again to a place where God would intend them to be.

And if I may take this one step further.  This is never a show for Jesus.  He never needs attention, nor does he act like raising someone from the dead is more exhausting than curing a simple headache.  Because it is not about comparisons; it is not about him.  He teaches and heals to reveal the Father and the love God has for us.   While some people in the Gospel stories may be bringing their loved ones to Jesus wondering if he has the ability to heal them, for Jesus it is not about his power or his giftedness.  It is about revealing the love of his father.  It’s all about proclaiming how much the Father loves and cares for us.  And in doing so, it is all sacred.

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