Having crossed the lake, Jesus and his disciples came ashore at Gennesaret where they tied up the boat. As soon as they landed, people recognized Jesus and ran to spread the news throughout the countryside. Wherever He was they brought to him the sick lying on their mats. And wherever He went, to villages, towns or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplace and begged him to let them touch just the fringe of his cloak. And all who touched him were cured.
Every encounter with the Lord, not only heals us, it transforms us totally. This process of transformation takes its own time and space. For some, it happens like a miracle, for the other it takes some years and for another without any personal initiative. In all these, we can find the movements interior and exterior of ourselves, animated by the Lord Himself. If these people in the gospel, wished the healing touch of the Lord, it was their personal and interior pilgrim march towards the Lord, which very often remains unknown to the exterior world.
For St.Bernedette, (today is the feast of Lourdes) this encounter happened without any personal initiative and it has taken a lot of time and space to understand all that she underwent in those different Marian apparitions. With love and compassion Lord takes the first initiative and He calls each and every one us personally and individually. He doesn’t follow one single way. We are called to remain open to any eventuality.
As I have sand yesterday, in every encounter God reveals Himself and His project for us. This encounter gives us the necessary grace to accomplish the mission. St. Bernedette, had the courage to go up to the parish priest and the Lord has given her this grace. Before sending us, there are numerous troubles and difficulties we encounter and it is in these difficult moments of life that the Lord wishes to form and transform us. Our openness to such moments of life and our graceful acceptance of the difficult times, will reduce the time of this process of transformation. Let us open ourselves and allow the Lord to touch us and to heal us. Happy feast to you all, the children of MARY.
Those who wish to see what happens right now in Lourdes, please use this website for the live telecast. https://www.lourdes-france.org/en/tv-lourdes/
«As soon as they landed, people recognized Jesus»
Fr. Joaquim MONRÓS i Guitart
Today, we see the faith of the people of the countryside where Jesus had landed bringing salvation to them. Our Lord is the owner of our body and soul; and they had no doubt that in bringing their sick to him, they would be cured: «And all who touched him were cured» (Mk 6:56). Today as ever, we have many who are sick in their body and in their soul. We must therefore use our very best efforts, both human and supernatural, to bring our relatives, friends and acquaintances as close as possible to our Lord. In the first place, we can achieve it by praying for their spiritual and physical health. When we are sick we do not hesitate to find out whether there exists an appropriate treatment, or whether there is a doctor who can take care of us right away.
When it is a matter of spiritual “sickness” (normally visible, externally, as our son, brother or parents not attending the Sunday services), in addition to praying, it would be convenient to speak to him/her about the remedy, maybe by transmitting him/her a thought or some motivating factor that we might get from the Magistery (for instance, from the Apostolic Epistle on The Day of our Lord, by John Paul II, or from some of the points of the Catechism of the Catholic Church).
If the “sick brother is somebody as a public authority, who tries to justify an unjust law —as, for instance, abortion legalization— let us not doubt —in addition to our prayers— to seek an opportunity to let him/her know —personally or in writing— our testimony regarding the truth.
«For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard» (Acts 4:20). For everybody needs the Savior. And when they do not go to him it may just be they do not recognize Him because we did not know how to announce Him. The real fact is, however, that as soon as they recognized him «they laid the sick in the marketplace and begged him to let them touch just the fringe of his cloak. And all who touched him were cured» (Mk 6:56). And Jesus cured mostly those who were “placed” close to him; those who were more in urgent need of remedy.