Get our FREE JesuitPrayer App.
Apple  Android 

February 8, 2016

Mk 6: 53-56

When they had crossed over, theycame to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Recognizing Jesus

“People immediately recognized him.” The word ‘immediately’ shows up a lot in Mark’s Gospel. There is urgency in Mark’s world; there is an “on the go” quality to Jesus’ ministry. We see in today’s Gospel that no matter where Jesus was, whether a village or town, a bustling marketplace or the pastoral countryside, people are  “scurrying” and “begging” for him to come near. They stop at nothing to see him. I can hear them exclaiming: “Ah! Just to touch the edge of his cloak…. that would be enough for me!”

When I read this, I cannot help but admire the reckless trust that these people have for Jesus. I ask myself: Do I recognize Jesus when he is in my midst? Do I know what I really need? Where I am aching for healing? What is it that I urgently want to tell Jesus? How might I seek Jesus earnestly today?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.

Prayer

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end
without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown,
Something new,
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through some stages of instability
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature graduallyLet them grow,
Let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
As though you could be today what time will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you,
And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

My Candles

candle

Jesuit Prayer is pleased to offer candles for special occasions such as “Remembrance, joys, sorrows, anniversaries, and special intentions.” Proceeds help keep Jesuit Prayer free for all users.

REGISTER your free account to get started, and you'll get a free 30 days candle just for signing up.

LOGIN to access your candles

CLICK HERE for help with candles

Light up the World

(Click map to see more)

Welcome to JesuitPrayer.org

Ignatian spirituality reminds us that God pursues us in the routines of our home and work life, and in the hopes and fears of life's challenges. The founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, created the Spiritual Exercises to deepen our relationship with Christ and to move our contemplation into service. May this prayer site anchor your day and strengthen your resolve to remember what truly matters.

(more about this site)



    Visit our
Social Media
   

Submit a Prayer Request

Archives

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  12345
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
       
     12
       
      1
23242526272829
30      
   1234
       
    123
25262728   
       
   1234
262728    
       
       
       
      1
       
     12
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
       

February 8, 2016

Mk 6: 53-56

When they had crossed over, theycame to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Recognizing Jesus

“People immediately recognized him.” The word ‘immediately’ shows up a lot in Mark’s Gospel. There is urgency in Mark’s world; there is an “on the go” quality to Jesus’ ministry. We see in today’s Gospel that no matter where Jesus was, whether a village or town, a bustling marketplace or the pastoral countryside, people are  “scurrying” and “begging” for him to come near. They stop at nothing to see him. I can hear them exclaiming: “Ah! Just to touch the edge of his cloak…. that would be enough for me!”

When I read this, I cannot help but admire the reckless trust that these people have for Jesus. I ask myself: Do I recognize Jesus when he is in my midst? Do I know what I really need? Where I am aching for healing? What is it that I urgently want to tell Jesus? How might I seek Jesus earnestly today?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.

Prayer

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end
without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown,
Something new,
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through some stages of instability
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature graduallyLet them grow,
Let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
As though you could be today what time will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you,
And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Use this feature to hide the Candles that you dont wish to make public.

You can only view these candles when the "Show Hidden Candles" option is set to YES.

Sorry, there are no refunds on hidden candles.

Hide this Candle
Cancel

7 Day Candle – Blue
$0.99

30 Day Candle – Blue
$2.99

6 Month Candle – Blue
$9.99

First Candle FREE
$2.99

7 Day Candle – Red
$.99

7 Day Candle – Green
$.99

7 Day Candle – Violet
$0.99

7 Day Candle – Yellow
$0.99

30 Day Candle – Red
$2.99

30 Day Candle – Green
$2.99

30 Day Candle – Violet
$2.99

30 Day Candle – Yellow
$2.99

6 Month Candle – Red
$9.99

6 Month Candle Green
$9.99

6 Month Candle – Violet
$9.99

6 Month Candle – Yellow
$9.99

(help)

You are reporting this Candle?

Yes
Cancel