Today’s Gospel (Mark 6:53-56):
‘Having made the crossing, Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret and tied up. No sooner had they stepped out of the boat than people recognised him, and started hurrying all through the countryside and brought the sick on stretchers to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, to village, or town, or farm, they laid down the sick in the open spaces, begging him to let them touch even the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched him were cured.’
It’s quite disappointing when I think of the many disaffected Catholic people living in our world today. There are a myriad of reasons for this disaffection, be it a simple lack of faith, lack of time, or perhaps a lack of trust in clergy or the Church as a whole.
Yet we shoudl not use any of these reasons to turn away from Christ.
By turning away from the Church we are turning away from Christ as it was he who formed the Church (Matthew 16:18) and it is he who will be with the Church until the end of time (Matthew 28:20). No lack of faith should ever come between us and Christ. No lack of time should ever come between us and Christ. No sins of those within the Church should ever become between us and Christ; for it is Christ who can help us.
The only time Christ was helpless was when he was on the Cross, as he suffered and died for us. At that moment he was trusting completely in the Father and, in doing so, he was raised to Heaven on the third day. And now, in our helplessness, Christ is asking us to turn to him just as he turned to the Father. He wants us to turn to him in our moments of need; to trust in him. Only he has the power to save us.
We, like those in the Gospel passage, can touch Jesus so that he can cure us. Jesus is present in our world today in the Eucharist. He is waiting for us to come to him, and he wants us to receive him. Yet even the presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a matter of great uncertainty, even among Catholic people. So for those who are uncertain about the real presence of Christ in the bread and wine, please read this article on the ‘Miracle of Lanciano’.
May God bless you and all of your family and friends on this beautiful day.