February 6, 2017
Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
The Gospel Today
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. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
The Gospel tells us of who Jesus is for the people. These people heard already about the ministry of Jesus and His presence. For this particular account, Jesus is the healer.
Most of my friends would send me message asking for prayer for healing, either for a family member, or a friend. I cannot remember when was that request for prayer started, but I thought of a reason why it happened to me and it is likely because of my presence and participation in the Church activities. For my part, I prayed for those intentions and I believed that I was just an instrument for my friends who believed that Jesus will heal their sick family member, relative or a friend. My friends and I were like the people in the Gospel who brought the sick people to Jesus.
In the seminary formation, I am always invited to offer prayers for those who need healing both in body and spirit. It is a response to becoming a man for others, despite my own need of healing. I am thankful for the formation that addresses the healing of my body and spirit, so that in return, I could offer prayers for those who needs healing.