Monday of the 5th Week of the Year

Mk 6:53-56

The Healings at Gennesaret


Most medical doctors nowadays are of the opinion that taking medicine is not the only way to heal one’s sickness. There takes place unexplainable healing in sick people who dare to pray and submit themselves to anointing and laying on of hands in the sacrament of anointing. No wonder then that Healing Masses, healing sessions and intercessory prayers for healing are so popular in our times.

What takes place in sick people who seek refuge through spiritual means? How come healing takes place in them? Of course, we cannot underestimate the power of God to heal us from our sickness. But there is something that we need to understand why healing takes place.

Just imagine yourself being sick for some time. The main preoccupation we have in mind is the pain, the boredom, the helplessness, the weakness, the sense of being a burden to others, uselessness, the aging low self-esteem, depression. In at least one sick call I responded to, the cancer patient really wanted to die as soon as possible, even asking the doctors to hasten death. The doctor could only tell the patient: we have an oath to heal and not to kill.

When we pray and seek God in times of sickness, our consciousness opens up to the call to remember that on the other side of pain, hopelessness, weakness, aloneness, there is some4thing else, someone else whose love is unconditional. The feeling of being enveloped with negative vibes suddenly is given relief with the positive feeling of being accompanied, valued, loved. In sickness one can feel like there is no one who can feel like there is no one who can shoulder our pain. But in healing sessions, we realize we can lean on God. He is there for us, to share our pain with us. We are not alone. It’s as if the prison of pain is unlocked to set us free back to life.

That is why when sickness comes to us, let us never fail to remember the One who gave His life to us. Let us gaze into the One who took on our pain so that we can be healed and saved. (Fr. Bernard Collera, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


Faith healers are popular in our country. They are not only sought by the poor, who could not afford medical doctors or hospitals, but also the rich who are afflicted with terminal illnesses. Some faith healers are truly gifted but others are fake healers. I had a good experience with a person who is endowed with a healing gift. She was instrumental in healing my nephew of aneurysm. She could heal only if the sick have strong faith in the Lord.

In the gospel reading today the people saw Jesus as a mere faith healer. Many sick people went to him to be healed. His popularity as a healer must have been widespread because even the non-Jews recognized Him as such. But if we try to see the motive why these people went to Jesus, it was because they want to get something from Him. They want to be healed. Jesus had hoped that after being healed they would recognize Him as the Messiah and see the goodness and the greater love of God. Unfortunately, some of those healed, like the ten lepers, even forgot to thank God.

It is good to reflect on our own motives why we go to the Lord or why we pray. Do we go to the Lord because we need something from Him or is it because we love Him? The latter should be the right motive. Although it is always the joy  of God if we go to Him in times of need, to be one with God should be the primary desire in our prayers. If the motive of our prayers is just to get something from the Lord then we will easily get disappointed, angry or even reject God if they are not answered the way we want them answered. But if we truly love the Lord and trust in his love, even though our prayers seem unheeded, we will still praise and thank God and long for His presence. (Fr. Titus Mananzan, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


When a man suffers misfortune or its gravely ill, the question that fills his heart and often escapes through his lips is the anguish cry, “Why? Why me? Why me, Lord?” However, this cry is often met by the silence of God.

But hidden in the “why” is a cry of hope, a longing that believes that God heard my cry and felt my sorrow and pain; that God will reach out and touch me. There is something in God’s “touch” that is healing

Dr. Paul Brand shares story of a young man he treated for leprosy in India. Dr. Brand laid his hand on the shoulder of the leper as he tried to explain through an interpreter the course of treatment when suddenly the man cried. Dr. Brand was wondering whether he said something wrong. The interpreter told the doctor that the patient was crying because he touched him. Until that moment, nobody has touched him for many years.

There something in the “touch” that breaks the isolation and the loneliness of a sick person.

The gospel often portrays Jesus as the one who would reach out and touch the sick and the sinner. Through touch, Jesus wanted the sick to know that they are remembered and specially loved by God. God heard their cry and reached to touch them in Jesus Christ His Son. They are not alone. (Fr. Herman Suico, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


February 8, 2016 Monday

I was sitting for lunch with my housekeeper when suddenly, the phone rang. My sacristan picked up the phone, and then said that a dying woman wanted to go to confession. I stood up, took my car keys and went. The daughter waited in front of the house and immediately pointed to me the room where the sick mother was lying. So I went inside. In the dimly lighted room was a small table with two lighted candles on each side and a cruci x and a bible in the middle. Beside the table lay the dying woman on her bed, well dressed for the burial, hands folded holding the rosary and both eyes closed. Not wanting to lose time, I began to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation with the sign of the cross. Then suddenly, the supposedly dying woman sprang out of her bed and protested: “No, Father, not here!” I was frozen, shocked to death. Without minding what I felt, the “dying” led me to a more friendly, well lighted room and invited me to take a seat. She dropped on her knees and began her confession. Afterwards, I asked her if there was anything still that I could do. “Yes, she replied. “Please touch my head.” I lay both hands on her head in silent prayer.

We read Jesus hearing the voices of the sick begging him to allow them to touch even only the tassel of his cloak. Jesus readily obliged. And all who did it were healed.

My housekeeper reported: “The woman is dead.” It happened three hours after my visit. The daughter told me later that her mother had long suff ered severe pain in her head. But, on that day, after her confession, she felt no more pain and died peacefully. I thought, Jesus touched the woman in her confession. Or, maybe the woman touched the tassel of Jesus’ cloak during her confession and was healed. (Fr. Roberto “Jun” C. Alda Jr., SVD | Missionhaus St. Wendel, Germany Bible Diary 2016)



Reflection: Why do we go to Jesus in prayer? Most of the time we go to Him because we have problems and we want to offer all our cares and worries to Him.

In our gospel for today the same episode happened, people went to Him upon learning that Jesus was within their environment. They brought along their sick and perhaps all of the problems that they’ve been keeping in their hearts. Many were healed and some did not get the healing that they’ve wanted.

Whenever we go to Jesus and we ask Him for something let us always expect that He will grant us what we want from Him. Physical healing, emotional healing and any other healing that we want Him to grant us. if we believe that Jesus has already healed us then we are healed already! We have nothing to worry anymore; it’s all in our state of mind.

The faith that we carry in our hearts is more than enough for us to carry us through whatever worries and sickness that we may have. Let us simply believe and have faith and let us allow Jesus to take control of everything. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)



Reflection for February 9, Monday; Fifth Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 6:53-56

Reflection:  Do you have the habit of touching the image of Jesus in your house or when you are at church? Then as you touch His image you say your silent prayer of petition and thanksgiving to Jesus. Continue doing it because that is a good habit it signifies your humility and surrender to the mighty power of Jesus.

The healing crusade of Jesus continues in our gospel. Wherever He goes those who are in need of His healing goes also. The moment they get the information that Jesus is near them they hurry to go to Him to have this healing encounter with Jesus. They never mind if they are not able to talk to Jesus. It’s enough for them that they’re able touch any part of His clothes. Or to have a glimpse of Him is already enough for them to be healed by the mighty power of Jesus.

Up to this very moment this mighty healing power of Jesus is very much present in our midst. For He’s just a prayer away, His very image is within our reach. Look at the cross in your house or in your church Jesus is there. Touch Him and as you touch Him ask Him to heal you, ask Him to change you ask Him to make you more humble and kind.

Surely, Jesus will never disappoint anyone who humbles and surrenders himself/herself before Him. – Marino J. Dasmarinas



MONDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MARCOS 6:53-56. Ngano man nga angay natong alagaran ang mga masakiton? Una sa tanan, ang mga masakiton adunay dakong luna sa kasingkasing sa Ginoo. Ang ebanghelyo nagsaysay nga bisan asa si Hesus moadto, dad-on sa mga tawo ang ilang mga masakiton aron Iyang ayohon. Gihatagan ni Hesus og panahon ang mga masakiton, gitugotan sila nga mohikap kaniya ug nangaayo sila. Sa laing higayon, si Hesus mismo ang nihilam sa mga masakiton ug giayo sila niya. Dugang pa niini, ang pag-atiman sa masakiton klaro nga gisugo ni Kristo sa Iyang mga tinun-an: “Lakaw, ug isangyaw ninyo ang Balita: ang paghari sa Dios haduol na. Ayoha ninyo ang mga masakiton” (Lukas 7:22). Ang atong pagtuman ning maong kasugoan maghatag kanato og luna sa Gingharian sa Ginoo tungod kay matod pa niya, “Nasakit ako ug inyo akong giduaw.”Posted by Abet Uy



THE LANGUAGE OF FAITH – What is a kiss? I Googled the definition of “kiss” and I found two contrasting definitions. The first defined a kiss as “the anatomical juxtaposition of twoorbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction.” The second said a kiss “is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words becomesuperfluous.”

Two totally different definitions, but one and the same thing. How is it that the same true reality can be described in two totally different ways? It’s because it can be looked upon from many angles. The first definition was given by a medical doctor lecturing in his physiology class; the second by Hollywood leading lady Ingrid Bergman.

Today and in the weeks that follow, the liturgy begins with a reading from the book of Genesis. The first chapter describes the story of Creation. God utters His word, “Let there be…” and the world, and everything in it, come into being. Many disciples of science dismissed the book of Genesis, and the Sacred Scriptures as a whole, as an assault to rationality and scientificthinking.

What they are missing is that the Bible or some books of the Bible use different literary forms. Some make use of history, poetry, philosophy and theology to express and describe truth and reality. The book of Genesisdescribes the story of creation not in scientific language, but in theologicallanguage. Genesis is interested not in presenting a detailed historical andscientific definition of how creation came into being, but in engendering faith in a Creator-God who is the source of everything. Ultimately, Genesis is not a story of how the heavens go, but how to go to heaven.

Faith and science are not contradictory. Both have God as their origin. We need more than the language of science; we also need the language of faith. To use Ingrid Bergman’s analogy, faith is the lovely trick designed by God to stop speech when science becomes superfluous. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: Do you tend to worship science as a god in itself, opposed to God who is the creator of all science?

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8).



EXCITEMENT – As soon as they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. – Mark 6:54

“They’re here!” Announcing our arrival, the little boy immediately ran inside the campus and shouted again,  “They’re here!”

As we stepped out of our van, the smiles of the little kids greeted us. I could sense an air of expectancy that they would receive something that day.

We went to this rural village for my daughter’s birthday. She wanted to celebrate by feeding a hundred children from poor families, give away school supplies and bags of groceries.

This experience made me reflect on our faith walk.

There are times when we we seem to drag our feet when we go to Mass. When invited to a prayer meeting or a Bible study, we find excuses not to go. Or if ever we say yes, we have no intention of really going.

Know that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. The Lord inhabits the praise and worship of His people. He is present in the prayer meeting. And blessings pour out during these events.

Recognize God’s presence and you will be excited just like the poor children who were expecting to receive. Danny Tariman (

Reflection: “Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.” (Edwin Louis Cole)

Forgive me, Lord, for taking for granted Your presence in the events of my life. I receive Your love and mercy!



Monday, February 8 2016

1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13; Mk 6:53-56

Kingdom of God is within You

Sickness was one among the major human maladies and it still plagues us disturbing and destabilizing our wellbeing. People were always in search of persons and places where they could be relieved of it once and for ever. Almost all religions present countless persons and places where people could go and unburden themselves. If we visit pilgrimage centers we could see testimonies of hundreds and thousands of people who were unshackled of their ailments thanks to the miracles that have taken place on those sacred terrains.

However, in spite of all these miracle crusades and healing services and the amazing testimonies of those who were miraculously healed of their ailments, there is no decrease to human sufferings and sickness. Those who were amazingly relieved of their sickness are often seen eagerly waiting for the next miracle crusade or healing service and will be there at the forefront to bear witness to the wonderful healing they received. This has become a big business and a crowd puller among religions.

Things were not much different even during the time of Jesus. He never tried to drive them away either. Compassionately he tried to make them understand that the cause of their ailment and the power of cure were within themselves. However, this is a truth that nobody wants to believe. Like the musk deer, which searches elsewhere for the enchanting perfume that oozes out of its own body, we too have a tendency to search for good and evil elsewhere and to attribute them on external sources. Even when Jesus says that kingdom of God is within/among you, we prefer to look up to see the kingdom of God up there in the sky! Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI



February 08, 2016

REFLECTION: Today we remember a saint with a truly colorful background. Her name is Josephine Bakhita. She was born in Sudan in 1869 from pagan parents and died in Italy in 1947. Her skin was black and in Schio, the Italian city where she spent most of her life, every­one called her “our Black Mother.”

Bakhita was not Josephine’s real name. But, since she was kidnapped when she was a young child, sold in slavery and suffered terrible things in her young age, she simply forgot the name she was given by her parents. She was sold and resold on the slave market many times and suffered all the humiliation of slavery, both physi­cal and moral. Eventually she was sold to an Italian Consul, was finally well treated by this Christian family, brought to Italy and entrusted to the Canossian Sisters in Venice. It was there that Bakhita converted, was baptized and given the name Josephine in 1890. Later she became a Canossian Sister herself in 1896. And for the next 50 years she was employed in various domestic chores, which she performed with great love and joy. She died a holy death on this date in 1947, a saint of the ordinary lived with an extraordinary love.


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