Monday, February 11, 2019

“What happens when people open their hearts?……..They get better.”

“The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.” ― Mother Teresa: 1910 – 1997: Founded the Missionaries of Charity

Gospel Text: (MK 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.

In the Gospel reading we see the creative power of God at work in Jesus. Jesus is a human being so, like his disciples, he gets tired and has times when he tries to get away from the crush of people who want his attention. However, they always seem to find him. They want to hear from him and they want to be cured of their illnesses or bring their relatives and friends to be healed. Jesus cannot speak to everyone or lay hands on everyone. The people discover, though, that this is not necessary. "If only we can touch the tassel on his cloak...." And all who touch it are healed. 

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