[Jesus] told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd so that they would not crush him. He had cured many, and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. (Mark 3:9-10)
What a blessing those diseases were! They moved people to seek Jesus, and those who found him found healing, not only for their bodies but, most importantly, for their souls. The people whose bodies were whole perhaps, being blind to the darkness in their souls, decided to stay home. We are not disembodied spirits… we are human, body, and soul.
“When rest or meditation has to be weighed, which should you choose? If your body is tired and your soul exhausted, give preference to sleep. If it is only a little fatigue which action can easily dissipate, then try for the action.” – Saint Peter Julian Eymard (Letter to Miss Stéphanie Gourd – August 5, 1856).
One of the things I love about Saint Peter Julian Eymard is how practical he is in his advice to others. When we live a life animated by the Eucharist, the mystery of the Incarnation becomes the basis of how we understand creation. Jesus took on a human body, thus elevating everything about our humanity. Learning to accept and live with the limits our body imposes on us becomes a way to grow in holiness and become whole.
Those crowds pressing on Jesus were there because someone had told them what Jesus had done. I am sure each of us has stories of healing…some of our bodies…some of our souls. Some of these stories are easier to tell than others.
What would happen if we told everyone we meet what Jesus has done for us?
Let us pray:
I am bound, O God, by vows to you; your thank offerings I will fulfill. For you have rescued me from death, my feet, too, from stumbling; that I may walk before God in the light of the living. In God I trust; I shall not fear. (From Responsorial Psalm)
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