I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Reflection for February 8, Monday, of the Fifth Week; Mark 6:53-56

Gospel: Mark 6:53-56
After making the crossing to the other side of the sea, Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.
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Yesterday I went to a sick man to give him Holy Communion. As I was reading to him the Sunday gospel and I as I was giving him a short reflection, I noticed that he was sobbing. I proceeded pretending not to notice his sobs.

As I gave him the Body of Christ tears were already welling in his eyes. After I was through with the rite and about to leave their house, he cried and asked me, “Why am I suffering brother? I can’t bear my sickness anymore and I can’t bear the pain of going through the procedure of chemotherapy anymore.”           

In the gospel those who were able to touch the tassel of Jesus’ cloak were very fortunate for they received healing in return.  It speaks volumes of their faith. But there are also those who have faith but they’re not physically healed. There are those who have faith but they continue to suffer from their sickness. Sometimes it may baffle us why they physically suffer considering that they also have faith that they also love Jesus.

The healing that Jesus gives us is not always physical, oftentimes its spiritual which means that we're given the grace to accept our physical sickness and the grace to completely surrender our life to the great mercy of Jesus.

There are people who are still happy in spite of their physical sickness for they’ve learned to offer to God their suffering. They’ve learned that the suffering that they’re undergoing right now is nothing compared to the suffering that Jesus went through.

Are you suffering right now? Offer your suffering to Jesus ask Jesus to help you endure your suffering/sickness. Though it may be difficult, learn to accept it and continue to have that enormous faith in Him. Jesus is already healing you and He's already purifying your spirit. – Marino J. Dasmarinas   

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