Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 7, 2011

Sara Francesconi

Freshman, Social Work Major

Gn 1:1-19
Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 1- and 12, 24 and 35c
Mk 6:53-56

"After making the crossing, they 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." - Mark 6:53-56

How open are you to the presence of God in your life?

Imagine that you live over two thousand years ago. While at work one day, word quickly spreads that Jesus, a man who has been known to heal the sick and befriend the unaccepted, has tied up his boat and is in Gennesaret. Upon hearing this, the people around you, trusting that Jesus will heal them and their loved ones, drop everything and immediately rush to Jesus. Would you rush to Jesus? Would you trust that he could heal you of your ills and help you through your struggles?

Often times, I find that I put on a tough face and try to keep my struggles to myself (“I can handle it!”). I ought to learn from the example of the people of Gennesaret. No matter how strong I may be, I cannot make it in this world alone, and I need to turn to Jesus and accept his constant love.   

Take a few moments to pray about what in your life needs Jesus’ touch. What have you been struggling with? What is weighing on your heart? Through faith, you will be healed.

Today, Jesus is no longer literally tying his boat up along the shores. We cannot touch his cloak and be healed. In my opinion, however, Jesus is far more present now than he was when he was alive. Jesus can be found nearly everywhere, if we look closely enough. It’s easy to be caught up in the busyness of life: classes, essays, extracurriculars, trying to keep in touch with friends at school and at home. However, if we all were to slow down, we might just see Jesus in each other and in life itself.

help me to be open to your presence.
Help me to slow down and recognize you in my daily life.

How open are you to the presence of God in your life?

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