Ord. Wk 5th: Monday,  Monday, 5th February,2018  (Mk 6:53-56)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Clamouring for Jesus: In today’s Gospel, great crowds were clamouring to be healed by Jesus.  If our trials seem to persist, do we turn away or do we beg Jesus more fervently and sincerely to come to our help?  Jesus will not fail us  if we show that our love for Him is sincere and not merely wanting to use Him for our needs.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Having made the crossing, Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret and moored there. When they disembarked people at once recognised him, and started hurrying all through the countryside and brought the sick on stretchers to wherever they heard he was. 

And wherever he went, to village or town or farm, they laid down the sick in the open spaces, begging him to let them touch even the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched him were saved.

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •Imagine the Gospel scene of the multitude of the sick, the dying and the destitute constantly surrounding Jesus.  

  • •Jesus was neither numbed by such great and real sufferings nor was dragged into despair by such great needs. He always responded personally and compassionately, and never treated them as “masses” of people in need. 

  • •Are we personally affected by the sufferings around us e.g. the multitude of migrant workers, cancer patients etc. that we see around us daily?  Jesus wants us to be more like Him; to value each person as precious in God’s eyes.