Tuesday, April 18: They placed the sick in the marketplaces
The Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.
Read Mark 6:53-56
When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Do you think there's significance in the fact that all this begging, all this sick-carrying, all this healing happened in the marketplaces of each area Jesus visited? Besides being a place where many people come together, how would the market lend itself to this holy activity?
While we can't run and carry our sick loved ones into the physical presence of Jesus, we still have the opportunity—perhaps even the responsibility—to come into Jesus' spiritual presence through prayer throughout our days, and to ask him for healing for the sick, essential needs for the poor, and justice for the oppressed who are among us and around the world.