Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time, February 8
In the Midst of Our Own Anguish and Despair, It Is God Who Desires to Fill Us with His Peace and Healing; It Is God Who Wishes to Bring Order into Our Lives.
We read in today’s Gospel, “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 several 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, or any other of life’s many experiences which may cause us deep anxiety or despair.
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!
For it is His grace which guides us into appreciating the splendor of a single flower, a breathtaking sunset, the beauty of crystallized ice covering the branches of a tree in wintertime, the artistry of autumn colors and so much more – for it is the beauty of God’s creation which surrounds us which can capture our imagination, filling us with a peace and tranquility for which we oftentimes so deeply yearn.
“God saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed…”
The majesty and beauty of Creation is reflected in the poetry of the words which we read from the first chapter in the Book of Genesis today. And we will be looking at the Scripture Readings from Genesis until Ash Wednesday, as they serve as a “platform” of sorts for reflecting upon the profound Truths of our faith.
And one of these Truths is that God is always present, always aware and always understanding of the hardships which this life sometimes presents to us!
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, as a consequence, 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 thing 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 of 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 all those who reached out and touched our Lord are representative of how we are to live out our life of faith on this side of Heaven – with an unquestioning trust in the God who loves us beyond all measure of human understanding.
As God brought chaos into order and darkness into light in the story of Creation, may He heal our sorrows and anguish by turning the darkness of our despair into the light of eternal hope!
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 it is God who desires to fill us with His peace.
And it is God who truly wishes to bring order into our lives. “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” †
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Scripture for the Day
- “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)
- “For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God! Who formed the earth and made it, he established it, not creating it to be chaos…‘I am the LORD, and there is no other.’” (Isaiah 45:18)
- “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- “The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the 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 mercy, 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)
- “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)
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,Anonymous
Thank you for sending Jesus, Your Son,
to show me that unconditional love is possible.
With Jesus as my Guide, and with the help of Your grace,
my greatest goals can truly be achieved. Amen.”