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SIXTH SUNDAY ORD. – HOMILY THOUGHTS

Posted by frmac on February 12, 2006

“JESUS STRETCHED OUT HIS HAND AND TOUCHED HIM.” Mark: 1:43

In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus takes pity on an ‘untouchable’ person who takes a great chance and approaches him. The man had leprosy, a disease which isolated a person from the comfort and care of loved ones, and was enduring the terrible suffering of leprosy. Jesus does the unthinkable, he compassionately reaches out and touches him – and miraculously the man is cured – “made clean” . Jesus sternly orders him to say nothing to anyone except the priest. But, the man, “spread the news everywhere.”
The people at that time wanted a messiah that would miraculosly cure all their ills, and problems. Just as today, many would like God to miraculosly halt all human suffering. Jesus had not come soley as a temporal miracle worker, but to restore, save, and reveal the eternal. Yes Jesus performs miracles, and still does today, but His mission was not just about micaculous cures. And, it isn’t today. For this reason he told the cured man to tell no one but the temple priest, as prescibed in the law. (People were beginning to think that Jesus was just a temporal miracle worker, and not hearing his message) This becomes abundantly clear when Jesus performs no miracle to save himself, and dies in excruciating pain on the cross.
Should we pray for miracles? Yes! Will Jesus always grant our wish? No! Otherwise Most of us would miraculously avoid death. When we approach Jesus in prayer – when we cry out in pain and suffering, God will hear us, and God will respond. Jesus will touch us giving us comfort, hope, endurance, peace, faith…., and sometimes the miracle that we seek. The wonderful thing about being Christian is knowing that Jesus will touch us. Let us pray that we will recognize the touch of Jesus, as we live the Good News! Let our minds and hearts always give thanks, as expressed in the hymn:

He Touched Me

Shackled by a heavy burden
‘Neath a load of guilt and shame
Then the hand of Jesus touched me
And now I am no longer the sameOh He touched me, oh He touched me
And oh what a joy that floods my soul
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole.

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