Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
After a journey on the sea, Jesus and his disciples dock their boat in Gennesaret. After hearing the news that Jesus arrived in their city, the people scurried to bring the sick to Jesus, so that he might heal them. Jesus healed many people that day. The sick people healed that day had the help of their loved ones. It was their loved ones that helped to bring them to Jesus for healing. These loved ones played an important role. They were faithful persons, who heard, knew, and believed in Jesus’ power.
There are still people today who are in need of Jesus’ help, and they need help to get to Jesus. Who is going to help them? We must be like those in our Gospel who, upon hearing the news that Jesus was in their city, scurried to find the sick, so as to bring them to Jesus. How many people do you know need help in their faith right now? How many people do you know have stopped going to Church? It’s too easy for us to tell them in their situation, “pray over this.” Be a person of strong faith, and bring those that need help to Jesus.
Reflection by Fr. Macario Martinez, OSB