Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
I will offer up short acts of faith in the Lord throughout the day.
I believe in your
power of healing grace, in your capacity to heal both physically and spiritually. I come to you in
spiritual illness and weakness, confident in your desire to heal and strengthen me. I humbly offer
you my soul, wounded and aching from the spiritual cancer of self-love, pride and self-sufficiency.
I abandon myself to your loving mercy. Thank you, Lord, for watching over me and loving me
Lord, heal my heart and soul, and help me to do
what I must do to maintain my spiritual health.
1. "People recognized him, and started
hurrying all through the countryside:"
For the most part, the people in this Gospel were not
"hurrying throughout the countryside" to invite others to come and seek forgiveness and spiritual
healing from Jesus. They were in haste, yes, but in haste to bring the sick so that the Lord would
heal them from their physically infirmities. How blind is the human heart that often fears physical
illness more than spiritual infirmities and falling out of God's grace! The gravest ills we can
suffer are those that come from within us: "For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery,
unchastity, theft, false witness, blasphemy. These are what defile a person" (Matthew
2. "They laid down the sick in the open spaces, begging him to let them touch
even the fringe of his cloak:"
Holy men and women throughout the centuries have firmly
believed that "touching" Christ through receiving the sacraments brings about spiritual healing and
redemption. "My heart has been wounded by many sins," St. Ambrose used to pray before he celebrated
Mass, "my mind and tongue carelessly left unguarded. Lord of kindness and power, in my lowliness and
need I am turning to you, the fountain of mercy; I am hurrying to you to be healed; I am taking
refuge under your protection. I am longing to meet you, not as my Judge but as my Savior. Lord, I am
not ashamed to show you my wounds. Only you know how many and how serious my sins are, and though
they could make me fear for my salvation, I am putting my hope in your mercies, which are beyond
count. Look on me with mercy, then, Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and man, crucified for our
sake. I am putting my trust in you, the fountain that will never stop flowing with merciful love:
hear me and forgive my sins and weaknesses."
3. "All those who touched him were cured:"
All those who touched Jesus Christ with the touch of faith were cured: the Canaanite woman,
the blind man, the ten lepers, the man with a withered hand, the paralytic, Jairus daughter, the
woman with the hemorrhage, the boy with a demon, the Gerasene demoniac, the deaf man. All these
people in the Gospel had something in common: it was their faith that allowed the Lord to heal them.
The phrase used in the case of the woman with the hemorrhage is telling: "power had gone out from
him" (Mark 5:30). Faith is one of the most powerful acts of the human person, since God himself
chooses to be moved by it. How strong is my faith in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ? Do I
reach out and touch him in faith every day? Do I allow him to act in my life through faith? What am
I waiting for?
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, you are all powerful and the
source of my salvation
and spiritual healing. In this prayer I am reaching out to touch
you in faith, even though I am unworthy and my faith is weak.
Heal me, Lord.
Give me the strength to resist the power of
evil in my life and to adhere to your grace
Lord, I believe; increase my faith.
will offer up short acts of faith in the Lord throughout the day.