The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin
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.
Reflection (Sem. Edgar Calma):
I remember last December 30, 2013 when I attended the healing mass of Rev. Fr. Fernando Suarez in our parish, the whole church was occupied by parishioners with sickness and various ailments. In fact, even parishioners from other areas who learned about the healing mass of Fr. Suarez travelled to our parish to attend, witness and eventually experience on the spot healing. My family and I were there with our sincere intention and prayer that my stroke-patient mother would gain physical strength in order for her to walk and be able to move her body. I was also there to witness how the grace of God through his instrument Rev. Fr. Suarez would cure and heal people with various ailments and sickness. Fr. Suarez made it very clear to all of us present during the Mass that Jesus Christ our Lord is the source of healing. He is only an instrument so that through faith and prayer of the sick people and by the power of the Holy Spirit, physical healing will take place.
What I have witnessed during the healing Mass of Fr. Suarez, was very similar with our Gospel reading for today wherein, so many sick people were running after Jesus wanting to be cured. Wherever He was, people in the villages, towns and marketplaces would begged Him and asked for healing even by just touching the fringe of His cloak.
I believe more and more people nowadays are praying for healing not only for physical ailments and sickness but also for emotional and spiritual healing. In spite of the emergence of modern medicines and state of the art facilities and knowhow in treating serious sickness, a more comprehensive healing approach is being required. This includes change in outlook in life, modification in lifestyle and a more peaceful and less stressful kind of living and more importantly daily prayer and great faith in God.
It is always a miraculous witnessing to see instant healing happening in every healing masses. However, I also believe that the invitation of the Gospel for all of us is how to deepen our faith in God through our day-to-day healing process. Yes, we can be a recipient of instant healing physically, emotionally and spiritually, but such would require a change in lifestyle and ways in life. It requires commitment in having a healthy lifestyle to be physically well. It also entails a sense of acceptance and forgiveness to happen in order to experience emotional and spiritual healing. These things will not happen overnight. There is a certain level of nurturing to sustain and a decision to do that will fully contribute to the process of healing. This is the reason why our Lord Jesus Christ would ask us to pray unceasingly, and nurture our faith in God. We thank God for the instant healing that we have experienced but let us also journey with Christ to nurture and sustain the healing process in our lives. He promised that He will never leave us and will continue to be with us as we go through our physical, emotional and spiritual healing processes.