Jesus is recognized. The healer has arrived. No sooner had he and his disciples tied up the boat that the frenzy began to find every man, woman and child that needed a cure and place them before him. If only they could touch “the tassel on his cloak” the sick would be healed. And so, it happened. This vignette without commentary gives us an opportunity to participate in the narrative. We can be the onlookers and simply add this story to the many other healings of Jesus. If we are paying attention, we will notice that Jesus’ ministry is conscientious and involved. Jesus meets their needs in his teachings and in his healings.
If we choose to see this story of a people wanting something from Jesus, well, we may identify with them also. We ask for all sorts of things and may never get the results we want but we ask. Now, we don’t see much return for the healings. Perhaps this is just a people taking advantage of an opportunity. But think again. The faith they had that if they could just touch that tassel, a cure would follow.
In the presence of Jesus, we can experience a mystical awareness that Jesus is with us and we are with him. Just touching the tassel may very well be a beginning.
Let Us Pray:
Dear Lord, ever present to us, may we bring your presence to others this day.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)