In a time when there was no television or social media, it is amazing to imagine how
people immediately recognized Jesus when he arrived at Gennesaret. Contrast this to his
disciples who oftentimes have difficulty seeing who He really was.
It is easy to criticize the disciples from our vantage point, but if I really think about it,
how often do I see Jesus in the faces of those around me? Perhaps I might think that those people came to Him because of their need for healing, but do I not also pray to Jesus and ask for healing, for others and for myself? And yet, how often do we go to Him through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is a Sacrament of Healing? Confession gives us a place where we can be reconciled with God (CCC 1424). Through confession, we receive healing for our soul.
Another Sacrament of Healing is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. In my hospital
apostolate, I often encountered patients who were afraid of the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick because they think it is only for the dying. While there was a time in history when this was mostly the case, Vatican II has given emphasis and restored the sacrament to its original roots as a sacrament for healing. Still, the old image persists, and we can help enlighten people of this. Just to be clear, only bishops and priests can administer the sacrament.
Through the Sacraments, we are given visible signs of God’s Grace as instituted by
Christ. Through them, I get to encounter Christ. And through them, I can be healed.
By Sem. Richard Anthony Lim
THE GOSPEL TODAY
As many as touched it were healed. After making the crossing to the other side of the sea, Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.