Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13, Psalm 132:6-7, 8-10, & Mark 6:53-56
Today's Gospel narrative is only three verses long. It begins as Jesus and His disciples reach the other side of the sea. As they got out of the boat, Jesus was quickly recognized as the teacher and healer they heard about from Galilee. As the news spread, many people began to gather. They bring their family members and loved ones to Jesus to heal. Mark wrote, "They begged Him that they might touch only the tassel on His cloak; as many as touched it were healed."
How would we react if Jesus appeared to us this very day? Would we seek Him out and ask to be healed? What would we request Him to cure? What is it that might keep us from approaching our Lord and asking Him for what we desire?
The reality is that Jesus is in our midst today and every day. Yet, we may not "see" Him as those living in His day did. However, if we have "eyes of faith," we will see and experience Jesus just as they did in His day. He will gift us with the grace we need for this day—All we need to have are open eyes and believe it in our hearts.
Question of the Day: What prevents you from asking Jesus to heal you, and does it come from a sense of unworthiness, skepticism, or shyness?
Prayer: "Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)