Monday, February 9, 2015
Reflection: Mark 6:53-56
Fifth Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 6:53-56
Today’s Gospel is only 3 verses long. This may be the shortest reading in the lectionary. The Gospel begins as Jesus and his disciples reach the other side of the lake. As they get out of the boat, Jesus was recognized as the teacher and healer that so many of the people had heard. As the word spread about Jesus preaching and healing, many people began to gather. They brought their family members and loved ones to Jesus for healing. And Mark says that everyone who was touched by Jesus that day was healed.
How would we react if Jesus appeared to us today? Would we seek Him out and ask Him to heal us? What is the healing that we would ask for? Or would we be skeptical and watch Jesus from a safe distance? What is it that might keep us from approaching Jesus and asking Him for what we desire: fear, a sense of unworthiness, skepticism or shyness?
The reality is: Jesus is in our midst today and every day! However, we may not “see” Him as the people in His day did. However, if we have “eyes of faith,” we will see and experience Jesus. And He will gift us with the grace we need for this day. However, we need to have open eyes and believing hearts! We also need to be on the lookout for Jesus. We need to expect Him to come to us. True, we do not know the day nor the hour. However, if we are “awake” we will experience Jesus in some way today! Be alert! He is coming!