Recognizing Jesus

Mark 6: 53-56
Gen 1: 1-19 / Psa 104

And when they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized Jesus.
(Mark 6:54)

For our life we thank You, Jesus,
And pledge to make others aware
That Your healing that has freed us
Comes from a faith that we must share.

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized Him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard He was. And wherever He came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment. And as many as touched it were made well. (Mark 6:53-56)

Reflection

Wherever Jesus went, the people who recognized Him acted immediately, and brought their sick relatives or friends to where He was for their healing. They had no doubt that their sick would be restored to good health even if they just touched “the fringe of His garment.” And because of their faith, none of them were disappointed. And yet, we can’t help but wonder, how deep was their faith? True, they recognized Him, but as what? As the Son of God and the Messiah? Or just a great prophet who had the gift of healing and prophecy? After all, where were they when Jesus was indicted and brought before Pilate? What brought about their change of heart?

It was the lies and intrigues of their religious leaders (the members of the Sanhedrin, the scribes and Pharisees who felt threatened by the new teachings of Jesus) that swayed the hearts and minds of the Jewish people. They accused Him of blasphemy and desecration of the Sabbath. Since the Jews were traditionally monotheistic, Jesus’ claim that He was the Son of God gave them sufficient reason to condemn Him to death. It was only when they had believed the testimonies of the apostles that Jesus had indeed resurrected from the dead did they finally come to believe in His divinity.

In the ongoing Christian Life Program of our Brotherhood, many of the participants admitted that after hearing the first three talks, they have come to “recognize” who Jesus really is in their lives, and have acted accordingly, “touching the fringe of His garment” by receiving Him as often as they can in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. We believe this to be the work of the Holy Spirit, as God takes the first initiative in inviting us to the renewal. As Jesus said in John, chap.15:16: “It was not you who chose Me, but I who chose you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit…” But as so often happens in any community, there is no guarantee that all of these aspirants will remain faithful to the covenant that they will enter into with the Lord at the end of the seminar. That is why we encourage more of our members to pray for them in the Intercessory Prayers room and in their homes, so that their hearts will not be swayed by the forces of evil and the material world, and they will persevere in this new life in Christ that they have found in our Brotherhood. We likewise request the reader of this reflection to say a little prayer for our BCLP 20 participants. We truly believe that your prayers will make a difference. And may God bless you for it.

Come, Holy Spirit, inflame the hearts of our BCLP 20 participants as well as our service team members who are sacrificing much for their spiritual transformation. May they come to know our Lord Jesus more intimately, and be touched by His words and life in the Gospel. Bless our Brotherhood with more committed members to work in Your vineyard. Amen.

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