Posted by: frburke23 | February 9, 2015

Thought for Monday, 5th Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 6:53-56

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
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.

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Imagine yourself being with Jesus as thousands of people gather around Him from all over the world.  They have heard of His miraculous healing power and everyone wants a piece of Him, or at least they want to touch the tassel on His cloak.  Everyone who touched Jesus’ cloak was healed.

This reminds me of an experience that I had one weekend in St. Paul, MN.  While I was visiting some of our seminarians at St. John Vianney College Seminary we went over to St. Paul Seminary.  They were hosting an event called “Cor Jesu” (The Heart of Jesus).  It is for young adults.  The evening includes two hours of Eucharistic adoration, confessions and beautiful praise and worship music.

I was amazed as I walked in there were over 200 young adults gathered in the chapel!  There was a long line to go to confession and the music was angelic.  As I knelt to pray I was moved to tears as I saw these young adults approaching the altar.    There were white cloths flowing from the altar and the young adults would reach out for the cloths almost like the people of the gospel reaching out to touch Jesus’ cloak.  It was a beautiful sign of faith and humility.  They instinctively knew that Jesus was the one that could heal their deepest wounds and no one else.

May we too turn to the Lord for everything.  May we cast our cares upon Him, for He always wants to heal us and love us.  This same Jesus who healed the people in the Gospel is the same Jesus who wants to heal your deepest wounds.  Relate those wounds in your heart to Him.  Even if you don’t know your wounds, go before Him and ask for His love and healing.

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

San Marcos 6,53-56.

Después de atravesar el lago, llegaron a Genesaret y atracaron allí.
Apenas desembarcaron, la gente reconoció en seguida a Jesús,
y comenzaron a recorrer toda la región para llevar en camilla a los enfermos, hasta el lugar donde sabían que él estaba.
En todas partes donde entraba, pueblos, ciudades y poblados, ponían a los enfermos en las plazas y le rogaban que los dejara tocar tan sólo los flecos de su manto, y los que lo tocaban quedaban curados.

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Imagínate estar con Jesús mientras se juntan miles de personas, de todo el mundo, a su alrededor. Ellos se han dado cuenta de su sanaciones milagrosas y todos quieren estar con Él, o de perdido solamente tocar los flecos de su manto. Todos los que tocaban su manto fueron sanados.

Esto me rase recordar una experiencia que tuve un fin de semana en St. Paul, Minnesota, mientras visitaba unos de nuestros seminaristas el Colegio Seminario de San Juan Vianney nos pasamos al Seminario San Pablo. Estaban llevando acabo un evento llamado “Cor Jesu” (El corazón de Jesús). Es para jóvenes adultos. La tarde incluye dos horas de adoración al Santísimo, confesiones y música de adoración e alabanza.

Al entrar ahí, me quedé asombrado al mirar más de 200 jóvenes reunidos en la capilla. Había una fila larga para  confesarse y la música era angelical. Al arrodillarme para rezar me conmovió a lágrimas el mirar a estos jóvenes acercándose al altar. Había manteles blancos en el altar y los jóvenes se acercaban  para tocar los manteles casi como las personas del evangelio de hoy se arrimaban a Jesús a tocar su manto. Era una hermosa señal de fe y humildad. Sabían instinctamente que Jesús era el único que podría sanar sus heridas más profundas y nadie más que Él.

Ojala nosotros también podamos acudir al Señor por todo. Podamos entregarle nuestras preocupaciones, pues Él siempre quiere amarnos y sanarnos.  El mismo Jesús que sano a la gente en el Evangelio es el mismo Jesús que quiere sanar tus heridas más profundas. Entrégale esas heridas que se encuentran en tu corazón. Aunque no conozcas tus heridas, póstrate ante El y pídele Su amor y Su sanación.

Que tengas un día bendecido,

Padre Burke


Responses

  1. Thank you, Fr. Burke, for sharing your beautiful experience at St. John Vianney – your words have helped me to see more clearly the reality of bringing all to Jesus.
    In Christ,
    Peggy

  2. Thank you Fr. Burke for sharing your story. I can relate so much to your experience. The young adults God has brought into my life are my inspiration, and their friendship and support is a blessing in my daily life, as are your daily thoughts that I look forward to reading.

    Peace be with you!

    Jeanette


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