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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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February 10th, 2014
Veronica Urbik
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“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.”

            How often do we slow down and recognize God in our lives today? In the Gospel, Jesus’ boat docked in a town and immediately, people recognized who he was. They not only recognized him, but they asked him to bless them with his healing grace. The message is two-fold here: first, I ask myself if I am recognizing God in my life. Sometimes it’s hard to see God in the mundane parts of daily life. However, I love the idea that God works through people in our lives and can be found in the little things. In this sense, it becomes our job to see his presence in places that we may not immediately recognize.
            Secondly, am I asking God for help when I need it? Many people pray during times of distress, but if God works through others, maybe we need to ask for help from them as well. It’s not so easy to push aside our pride to admit defeat or helplessness in a tough situation. However, if we ask God or others in our lives for help like the people of Gennesaret, we too can find healing.

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