Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time, February 10
In Both Good Times and Bad, May We Always Open Our Hearts to the Healing Power of God’s Love and the Gift of Faith Which Alone Comes from Him.
In our First Reading today, we hear about the dedication of the new Temple which Solomon had built in the city of Jerusalem –
“The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes, the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel, came to King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant…When the priests left the holy place… the LORD’s glory…filled the temple of the LORD.”
And in our Gospel today, we read, “Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.”
Faith – a most wondrous gift that God freely offers to each one of us through the power of the Holy Spirit, and we have reflected upon this Truth numerous times in the past. Believing and trusting in God to act in our lives is only possible through the workings of the Holy Spirit within us, who moves and converts an open heart into accepting God’s grace.
It is through the “yes” which we give to God that the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of the mind, heart and the soul, and helps us to understand, accept and believe in God’s Word and in His Loving Presence in our lives.
Most of our life is filled with order and tranquility. However, there are those moments in life when our walk of faith may be tested, especially during those times when we experience confusion and disarray due to the despair of a failed relationship, when we experience the loss of financial security or good health, or when we experience the depths of grief over the loss of a loved one.
In those moments of our life when we feel the weight of the hardships which we bear at times, we must hold to the Truth that God is always present, always reaching out to us, inviting us to look beyond the pain, the misery and the weight of whatever cross we may be bearing, trusting in His Love and taking the necessary time to recognize the beauty of all that surrounds us, even in the midst of our sorrows – especially in the midst of our sorrows and misery, for it is then that God is truly closest to us!
Solomon was no stranger to these trials, for he personally witnessed many of the hardships which his father, King David, endured. Yet, he also observed the faith which gave David his strength. And from his own deathbed, David imparted the following advice to his son, Solomon –
“I am going the way of all mankind. Take courage…Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his ways and observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in whatever you do, wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfill the promise he made on my behalf…”
And Solomon spent the first several years of his forty year reign building the Temple for the glory of God, living the gift of faith which filled his heart at that time.
In our Gospel Reading today, we find the townspeople rushing in a great frenzy to gather together their sick. They placed them on mats in the marketplace where they hoped to touch the cloak of Jesus as he passed by.
We can only imagine that when Jesus arrived, and, out of pity for His children, He was in no great hurry. He probably moved slowly through the towns, so as to give as many as possible the opportunity to reach up and touch Him.
There must have been great crowds in each of the villages through which Jesus passed. And, so there were probably a great many healings that day, for as the Gospel tells us, “[they] begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.”
What unbelievable faith must have filled the hearts of those suffering from all sorts of maladies! In some of the miracles mentioned in the Gospels, the Evangelists give many details about the persons healed and about the words and actions of Jesus.
In the healings in today’s Gospel, however, no details are given at all. We do not know the names of those who were healed. We do not know their illnesses. And we are unaware of what our Lord said or did as he passed through their towns.
But we do know the most important facts about that day. We know that many who were sick were healed and received comfort and joy in their healing. We know that, on that day, Jesus was doing the work for which He was born, bringing order and healing to the chaos and the anguish in the lives of so many of His children.
Through these miraculous healings, our Lord was a living example of selfless love, and was teaching all the people in the different towns to believe in Him and in His message. He was helping them to open their hearts to the gift of faith.
The actions of Solomon, the actions of all those who reached out to touch our Lord – they are representative of how we are to live out our life of faith on this side of eternity – with an unquestioning trust in the God who loves us beyond all measure of human understanding.
In both good times and bad, let us always open our hearts to the healing power of God’s Love and the gift of faith which alone comes from Him.
For then, the peace of Christ shall truly reign within our hearts and souls! †
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Scripture for the Day
- “When the time of David’s death drew near, he gave these instructions to Solomon his son: ‘I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong…Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in whatever you do, and wherever you turn.’” (1 Kings 2:1-3)
- “…the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the princes in the ancestral houses of the Israelites…came to King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant…When the priests left the holy place… the glory of the LORD…filled the house of the LORD.” (1 Kings 8:1, 10a, 11b)
- “Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.” (Mark 6:56)
- “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- “In his mind a man plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
- “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it’, when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)
- “And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body.” (Colossians 3:15ab)
- “And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
- “Fill us at daybreak with your love, that all our days we may sing for joy.” (Psalm 90:14)
- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
Prayer for the Day
“Lord, I come to You for help in carrying my crosses.
Life is full of trials and turmoil.
Sometimes the weight of the cross can seem unbearable.
You, Lord, are the only One I can turn to.
I am in need of Your constant guidance in life.
“Lord, show me the way to obtain strength,
in order to combat the trials which life presents.
I know Your Love is immeasurable.
Because of Your Infinite Love,
peace and serenity can be Your gifts to me.
“With the gifts of Your strength and Eternal Love,
I can face all that life has to offer.
Allow me to see Your will in all that I do.
Help me with Your peace, enabling me to help others.
Help me to see all that is good in everything around me.
“Lord, help me to find and keep the peace
that can only be obtained from Your Love.
With Jesus at my side, I know I will grow in faith.
His life had trials and turmoil.
Help me to learn from His sufferings.
“Heavenly and Eternal Father,
Thank you for sending Jesus, Your Son,
to show me that unconditional love is possible.
With Jesus as my Guide,
my greatest goals can be achieved. Amen.”Anonymous