Mark 6:56 (Touch of Faith)

06 Feb Mark 6:56 (Touch of Faith)

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“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.” ~ Mark 6:56 (full readings)

Rich’s Reflections: In today’s Gospel, Jesus and His disciples came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. While leaving the boat, they were immediately recognized, and people from all over gathered with their sick, determined to seize an unexpected opportunity for healing. The statement that “as many as touched even just the tassel on His cloak are healed” shows a mutual relationship between Jesus and the afflicted. What is involved here is not simply material contact with Jesus’ clothing, but the touch of faith. Those who had faith that touching Jesus’ cloak would heal them were healed. However, we do something much more intimate and powerful every time we receive Jesus in Communion. We not only touch His cloak’s tassel, but we touch, and in fact, receive, the person of Jesus into our persons. By receiving Communion, we receive the ultimate intimacy, grace, and healing power of Jesus Christ. Lord, may I desire more every day to receive You in Holy Communion, and may this become the center of my life. Amen.

Faith Challenge: Desire an intimate communion with Christ. Make your relationship with Jesus the top priority in your life.

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Faith Quote: “Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Through Christ our Lord,
James 1:22

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