When Jesus and his disciples had crossed over, they came 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.
Today is Monday the 10 February, the Memorial of St Scholastica, in the fifth week of Ordinary time.
The nuns of Mary, Queen of Apostles, sing the hymn in honour of St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict. Thou shalt sleep amidst the lilies, thou, shalt savour heavenly joys and thou shalt be satiated.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.
It’s interesting that, in this gospel passage, the first thing the people do, before there is any begging or any healing, is just to recognise Jesus. Recognising that Jesus is present, and recognising who he is – those things have to happen before anything else can happen. Where do I recognise Jesus, present and active in my life?
And the people beg him – beg him that they might “touch even the fringe of his cloak”. Do I share the faith they had in this man, Jesus, the faith that he could heal and transform their lives?
As you hear the passage read again, imagine the scene – the boat moored by the lakeside, Jesus emerging with his disciples, the crowds, the sick being carried on mats. What is it like to be there?
What suffering, or ailment, or pain is there in my life, that I might want Jesus to heal? Can I approach him with the same faith those people had, confident that his healing power can transform my life? Can I speak to him now?