Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Jerome Emiliani (1481-+1537) Patron Saint of Orphans and Abandoned Children
Book of Genesis 1:1-19, Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24-25, & Mark 6:53-56
A doctor shared a story of a young man he treated for leprosy in India. The doctor laid his hands on the shoulder of the leper as he tried to explain through an interpreter the course of treatment when suddenly the man began to cry. The young man explained through the interpreter that this was the first time anyone has touched him in many years.
The Gospels often portray Jesus as the one who would reach out and touch the sick and the sinner. Additionally, people sought to touch Jesus, as described in today's Gospel narrative. They even beg Jesus to touch the tassel of His cloak. This miracle healing through touching is an echo of the woman healed from a hemorrhage after touching Jesus' clothing (Mark 5:25-29).
Through His touch, Jesus wants the sick person to know that God remembers and especially loves them. He wants them to understand that they are not alone as they struggle through their illness.
In our world, we use the power of prayer to touch and heal a sick person. In many cases the unexplainable healing of the ill occurs through the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick by a priest. There is no wonder that Healing Masses, healing sessions, and intercessory prayer for healing are so prevalent in our culture.
Friends, we will never have the healing power of Jesus. However, we can stretch out our hands and reach out to those who are ill or in need of our help. We have the power of touch to comfort those who are in need. We can use Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta as our inspiration.
Question of the Day: How will you reach out to others in their time of need?
Prayer: "Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people. Alleluia, alleluia."