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53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
1. This passage is the summary of the previous episodes. Jesus is recognized by the people and they run about the district, bringing sick people to him, wherever he might be.
2. This episode also brings the contrast between the people who recognize Jesus as the bearer of a unique power and authority and the disciples who cried out in fear due to their lack of faith. People believed firmly that even by touching the fringe of the garment they can be healed.
3. The first step to healing is recognizing Jesus. The people recognized Jesus. They recognized two things. A) They recognized that Jesus had come to their land and was now present at hand, available to make them and their loved ones whole. B) They recognized that Jesus cared for the sick and that he had the power to make them whole.
4. The second step to healing is acknowledging one’s need and believing Jesus can help. People came along with their families and friends. They even spread the word about Jesus to strangers. People were desperately searching for Him since they acknowledged His power and might.
5. The third step to healing is asking unashamedly and unreservedly for Jesus’ help. The people asked and begged Jesus to let them simply touch the ‘edge of His cloak’.
Today I had an opportunity to have a chat with two of my friends in their house, who are also readers of my Gospel Reflections Daily. We had a good discussion on Jesus and the Catholic faith. They were telling me that our God is someone really big and we do not really understand His true greatness. Christians are not basically suffering servants rather we are people born to win. Our God has always given us victory even from the time of Exodus. Somehow we have contained Him and are living with a pessimistic attitude. We need to have big faith, big hope and big trust that our Lord will never let us down and will always give us the victory come what may.
The Preacher’s Outline and the Sermon Bible
The Gospel of Mark A Commentary – Francis Moloney SDB
Thursday, February 3, 2011
1. John de Britto was one of the three notable missionaries of the
2. According to Josephus the renowned Historian, Herod killed the Baptist because he was afraid of a rebellion by the people. For Mark, John the Baptist is put to death by a ruler who recognized that he was a righteous and holy man but succumbed to public pressure.
3. John the Baptist would not give in weakly to pressure, even from one who recognized his virtues. He stood by His God-given task, preaching repentance and forgiveness of sins. John’s judgment of Herod’s marriage is a public call that sinfulness be recognized.
4. This is the only episode in the Gospel that does not have Jesus at its center, which points forward to Jesus’ death. There are so many similarities between Jesus and John the Baptist. Jesus does not give into public pressure, not even to save his life, but boldly announces the present and future coming of God as king which would flow from his self-gift unto death.
5. There are also differences between them. John the Baptist was killed, but was carried by this disciples and was buried. There is nothing spoken about his resurrection, whereas Jesus died, was abandoned by the disciples but was taken care by Arimathea who should have been his enemy. Jesus has been raised after his death.
I was personally struck by the similarities between John the Baptist (JB) and John de Britto (JB) starting from their very names. Both spoke the truth and wanted to correct the irregularities of marriage. John the Baptist condemned Herod for living with his brother’s wife and Britto ensured that the Christians follow monogamy. Both John the Baptist and John de Britto fought against immorality and both were beheaded by their respective rulers. Let us learn to speak the truth even at the cost of grave inconveniences.
Short History of Christianity in
The Gospel of Mark, A Commentary