Monday, February 6, 2017

Reflection: Mark 6:53-56

Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time - Mark 6:53-56

Today’s Gospel is only 3 verses long. The Gospel begins as Jesus and his disciples reach the other side of the lake. As they got out of the boat, Jesus was recognized as the teacher and healer about whom 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 that 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 or the hour. However, if we are awake we will experience Jesus in some way today. Be alert! He is coming!

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