In our Gospel today, Mark 6:53-56, people recognized Jesus and ran around the country bringing their sick to wherever he was. They placed the sick in the town’s marketplace to wait for Jesus to pass so he could heal them.
Even though the sick were considered to be “unclean” and were required to stay away from people, their desire for Jesus’ love, mercy and healing overcame this fear of breaking the law. They didn’t demand that Jesus stop and come to them, they had such great faith in his power, that they begged to only touch a tassel of his cloak. They knew that is all they needed for healing.
Do we have this kind of faith in Jesus? Do we believe that he can heal body, mind, and soul? If these people can be healed by just touching his tassel, how much more healing will we have from receiving him in the Eucharist? From receiving the other Sacraments?
People risked breaking the law to bring the sick to the town to meet Jesus. How far will we go to search the countryside to find and bring those that need healing to Jesus? Maybe we only need to look in our families and friends.
Those that brought the sick to Jesus were a true example of our Cursillo motto – ‘Make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ!
De Colores, Deacon Kevin