From the Word of the Day
They laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak. (Mark 6: 55)
In Mark, the public life of Jesus is in continual movement without rest among the people in various cities and areas, facing both the insidiousness of the Pharisees and the spasmodic and morbid requests of the crowds who are also looking for immediate well being and clamorous signs. Jesus denies no one, remaining in situations and with persons living there. He calls to them, provokes them, makes them think, and even accept; He heals and saves. In this way, He sends them to a beyond which opens to a new face of God and also of humanity. What He reveals is the reduced distance between God and human beings. God is the omnipresent One, Yahweh, the Father, the just judge, king of the armies. But God is also the Son, the Suffering Servant, and the loving Mother who totally assumes the human condition; enters into daily life; and transforms it into a place of salvation.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall thank Jesus for all He is to me and for His revelation of God’s true face.
Lord, let me never lose sight of my need for salvation and the desire to touch You in the Eucharist.
The Voice of Pope Francis
The corporal and spiritual works of mercy remind us that our faith must be translated into concrete actions each day, aimed at helping our neighbor in body and spirit.