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.
“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.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown,
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 gradually—Let 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!