From the Word of the Day
He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. (Mark 3: 9-10)
Jesus perceives the danger He is in from those who have decided to kill Him after the miracle of healing the withered hand. But He does not flee out of fear. On the contrary, He opens to new journeys and to new encounters. His exodus produces a surprising beginning. He asks for a boat so He can move away from the crowds before they crush Him. In fact, He had healed so many that anyone who had any illness, threw themselves at Him.
We read in another page of the Gospel about the hem of His garment. A woman had intuited the presence of a hidden power, of an attentive and generous mercy that was sensitive to a simple touch. It was a mercy present in the entire person of Jesus, even in the hem of His garment. While it may seem that He is withdrawing, He is really giving Himself to all those who believe in Him; to the poorest, the sick, the grieving, and the suffering. Still today, Jesus keeps this closeness, this care and tenderness for all those who call upon Him. We can repeat the song: Forever I will sing the mercy of the Lord!
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for all His merciful love and I will call upon Him for myself and the whole world.
Merciful Lord, come to help us!
The Voice of Erri De Luca, Contemporary Author
I have come to love ancient Hebrew because it addressed the more intimate “You” to the Divinity.