July 6, 2020

“If only I can touch his cloak.”

We toss the words, “It’s a miracle” that someone survived an illness or a natural catastrophe, and we attribute many benefits we have received to God as if it were a reward. The blessings we receive are present every moment of our lives. By the very fact that we are alive, grace is present. It is for us to be a presence to the blessings and graces before us and recognize them for what they are. The contemporary world feels that we are self-made, and have no need for a gift. We are self-sufficient, as they say. But victims of abominable events hope for grace. They recognize a power, a force outside themselves, inside themselves, that brings them into the presence of grace.

Certainly, those who sought healing from Jesus must have been aware of his charism and had faith in its possibilities. Of course, when times are difficult, what then? Faith collapses under the weight of catastrophe, but we see so many people rise to the occasion to help. There’s a deep-seated belief we have to do something. We may pray, send money, keep the afflicted in our hearts, and even go out to be that heavenly help they cry for.

The message in the responsorial 2 Timothy 1:10 that Jesus our Savior has brought light through the gospel tells us that the messages are there for us to live by. We understand with limited capabilities the mystery of miracles, but we are asked to be a miracle for others. God suffers with us, and we are to be the agents of change, and yes, we are to be the agents for miracles. If we don’t show works of mercy, then who will?

Our faith must be great to be a presence to the life-giving grace before us fully. Touching his cloak is just the beginning.

Let Us Pray:

Dear God, your presence is always before us veiled but not invisible. Hidden but found.
Cloaked but revealed. May I see with faith your everlasting presence and be your agent for change.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.