Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
February 8, 2021
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

Memorial Feast: Saint Jerome Emiliani (1481-+1537) Patron Saint of Orphans and Abandoned Children
Book of Genesis 1:1-19
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24-25
Mark 6:53-56

A doctor shared a story of a young man he treated for leprosy in India. The doctor laid his hands on the shoulder of the leper as he tried to explain through an interpreter the course of treatment when suddenly the man began to cry. The young man explained through the interpreter that this was the first time anyone has touched him in many years.
The Gospels often portrays Jesus as the one who would reach out and touch the sick and the sinner. Additionally, people seek to touch Jesus, as it was described in today’s Gospel narrative. They beg Jesus even to touch the tassel of His cloak. This miracle healing through touching is an echo of an earlier healing of the woman with the hemorrhage who was able to touch Jesus’ clothing and immediately experience healing (Mark 5:25-29.)
Jesus, through His touch, wants the sick person to know that she/he is remembered and especially loved by God. He wants them to know that they are not alone as they struggle through their illness.
In our world we use the power of prayer as a means to touch and heal a sick person. In many cases the unexplainable healing of sick persons takes place through the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick by a priest. There is no wonder that Healing Masses, healing sessions and intercessory prayer for healing are so popular in our culture.
Friends, we will never have the healing power of Jesus. However, we can stretch out our hands and reach out to those who are ill or in need of our help. We have the power of touch to comfort those who are in need. We can use Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta as our inspiration.
Question of the Day: How will you reach out to others in their time of need?
Prayer: “Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people. Alleluia, alleluia.”

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