Tuesday, 4th February – Tuesday of week 4 of the year
Reflection: Mark 5: 21 -43
FAITH AMIDST THRONGS
The story of the woman with the issue of blood affirms the truth in the saying that “there are no hopeless situations but hopeless people.” Despite previous unsuccessful attempts and the worse turn of her situation, she kept hope alive until she got her healing. This should encourage you and I in our own battles of life. To say a situation is hopeless will simply mean slamming the door in the face of God (Lamentations 3: 37; Jeremiah 32:27).
Though a large crowned was thronging Jesus, a little touch of His garment by the hemorrhaging woman received special recognition because of her profound faith. Beloved in Christ, probably it seems it will take a “touch of Jesus’ garment” to bring about that healing or transformation you have been long awaiting. I gladly report to you that you have more than a touch access to Christ as a communicant. You have Jesus to receive, His Flesh and Blood to eat and drink at the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (John 6:53-57; Mark 26:26-28; Luke 22: 17-19)!
Jesus is truly and really present in the Holy Eucharist; how much we will experience Him as communicants will depend largely on our individual faith and disposition (Hebrews 11: 1, 6; James 1:6-8; 1 Corinthians 11: 27-30; CCC 1384-1387). Amidst the multitude thronging Jesus, we must approach Him in faith and love to have a transforming experience.
If Jairus’ faith in Christ paid off, ours in Him will not fail us. We must not allow sins to keep us away from the inestimable blessings in the Holy Eucharist when our Heavenly Father has made ready a fountain of divine cleansing in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (James 5: 6; John 20: 21-23).
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I believe You are truly and really in the Holy Eucharist, please grant me a deeper experience of Your power and love each time I partake of Your Body and Blood. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 208 – What is Holy Eucharist?
Holy Eucharist is the SACRAMENT in which Jesus Christ gives his Body and Blood—himself—for us, so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy COMMUNION. In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the CHURCH.
HIDE A TREASURE: “He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life and I will raise Him up at the last day” John 6: 54 RSV-CE
Readings for today: 2 Samuel 18: 9-10, 14, 24- 19:3; Psalm 86: 1-6; Mark 5: 21-43