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February 08, 2021

Mk 6: 53-56

When they had crossed over, they came 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.

Sharing the healing ministry of Jesus

Who doesn’t want to be healed?  In the time of Jesus, physical (or mental) ailments were seen by many as a sign of one’s sinfulness or other failing.  In our own time, while our understanding of medical science is far more advanced, we have only to look at the devastation of the pandemic to understand that we still remain in need of God’s mercy and healing.  While we no longer look at a sick person as “cursed”, we acknowledge that the one who is ill needs healing.

Today’s Gospel recounts the desperate yet hope-filled efforts of family and friends to find healing for their loved ones.  We certainly can relate to this desperation in our current quest for vaccines (and appointments) and therapeutics to fight COVID-19.  Each of us undoubtedly knows those who have become ill or passed away from the virus.  We also know those who are working to bring hope and healing to our world – the doctors and nurses, the first responders, the researchers and so many essential workers.

Today, in your prayer, use the composition of place and find yourself with Jesus and the disciples at the lake by Gennesaret.  Imagine bringing family and friends, loved ones, and all those impacted by the pandemic (and other illnesses).  Allow them to touch the tassel of his cloak; let them know and experience the healing power of Jesus.

How will you share in the healing ministry of Jesus?

—Bill Hobbs is the Associate Director of the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, OH.

 

Prayer

In the Hands of God

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.
But now there is a difference;
the initiative is entirely with God.
It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
to know and feel myself so totally in God's hands.

—Pedro Arrupe, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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February 08, 2021

Mk 6: 53-56

When they had crossed over, they came 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.

Sharing the healing ministry of Jesus

Who doesn’t want to be healed?  In the time of Jesus, physical (or mental) ailments were seen by many as a sign of one’s sinfulness or other failing.  In our own time, while our understanding of medical science is far more advanced, we have only to look at the devastation of the pandemic to understand that we still remain in need of God’s mercy and healing.  While we no longer look at a sick person as “cursed”, we acknowledge that the one who is ill needs healing.

Today’s Gospel recounts the desperate yet hope-filled efforts of family and friends to find healing for their loved ones.  We certainly can relate to this desperation in our current quest for vaccines (and appointments) and therapeutics to fight COVID-19.  Each of us undoubtedly knows those who have become ill or passed away from the virus.  We also know those who are working to bring hope and healing to our world – the doctors and nurses, the first responders, the researchers and so many essential workers.

Today, in your prayer, use the composition of place and find yourself with Jesus and the disciples at the lake by Gennesaret.  Imagine bringing family and friends, loved ones, and all those impacted by the pandemic (and other illnesses).  Allow them to touch the tassel of his cloak; let them know and experience the healing power of Jesus.

How will you share in the healing ministry of Jesus?

—Bill Hobbs is the Associate Director of the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, OH.

 

Prayer

In the Hands of God

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.
But now there is a difference;
the initiative is entirely with God.
It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
to know and feel myself so totally in God's hands.

—Pedro Arrupe, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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