Recognizing Jesus

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

As soon as they got out of the boat, people 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 landed at Genesaret and anchored there. As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard He was. And wherever He went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged Him to let them touch even the edge of His cloak, and all who touched it were healed. (Mark 6:53-56)

Reflection

After Jesus was rejected by His town mates in Nazareth, (6:1-6) He went around to other villages preaching. Then He sent His apostles in pairs farther out to different places, giving them power to heal the sick and drive out evil spirits in His name. Upon their return, His fame in healing and great wisdom had grown so fast that thousands of people were now seeking Him out (6:34). In a deserted place where they went by boat to find rest, more than five thousand people followed and arrived before them. In His mercy, Jesus had to perform another great miracle, satisfying their hunger from five loaves and two fish. Sailing off again to the other side of the lake, Jesus found that His fame had preceded Him, and wherever He went, people recognized Him, and brought their sick out to where He was in order to be healed.

Our Lord dispensed with His power to heal, work miracles and preach the Good News not only because of His great mercy and compassion for the sick and the needy, but also for the benefit of His apostles. As His closest witnesses, their faith in God would have to be fully formed before He left them to continue the work He had begun. They had seen and heard the Master speak about the power of having faith in order to be able to heal and exorcize evil spirits; they themselves had exercised that power. But along with this privilege came the mandate of proclaiming the Gospel.

Do most people we meet recognize Jesus in us? Do they experience a better sense of well-being, a renewal of the spirit, or some kind of healing in our company? After we have been renewed, do we feel the urge to share with others what we have learned from the Spirit and Holy Scriptures? Do we make others feel better about their lives and their relationship with God? St. Paul gives some important tips for us to follow: “Do not conform yourself to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, pleasing and perfect… Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith that God has apportioned… Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persevere in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Rom 12:2,3,10-18) Finish Romans 12, there’s more.

It is God’s unconditional gift of love that draws us, His children to one another, and leads to the healing of each other’s brokenness. Our Lord never tired of doing good for others because He considered everyone worthy of God’s love. And so must we if we want others to see Jesus in us.

Lord Jesus, we thank You for the lessons of love and service that you have taught us in today’s Gospel, that in every opportunity, if it is within our power to perform, we must always give of ourselves to those who are in need. Help us to follow Your example, so that recognizing You in our service, the Father may be glorified. Amen.

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