When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
On February 11, 1993, St. Pope John Paul II established the World Day of the Sick in concert with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. We are called on this day to consider our own relationship to those around us who are suffering and who are sick. We reflect on developing our capacity to be effective givers of care, by thought and prayer and action. We recognize that a spirit of and willingness to be generous lies at the heart of our encounters and relationship with those who are suffering and sick.
In today’s gospel, Mark tells of people bringing the sick to Jesus wherever he was seen, in the hopes that he may heal them. As a healthcare provider and in my teaching of students, while I am not able to physically bring patients to Jesus, I am grateful for the opportunity to be Christ-like, in focusing attention as well as intention on the needs of others.
– MariJo Letizia is a Nurse Practitioner and full-time faculty member in the School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago .
who went about doing good and healing all,
we ask you to bless your friends who are sick.
Give them strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience with pain.
Let them recover their health,
so that, restored to the Christian community,
they may joyfully praise your name,
for you live and reign for ever and ever.
– from the Roman Catholic Order for the Blessing of the Sick
.Please share the Good Word with your friends!