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Gospel MK 6:53-56

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea, Jesus and his disciples 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.

REFLECTION: ...“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.”

We may see ourselves as unchangeable, think that our defects are part of who we are, and that they always will be. Through life I have realized exactly the opposite; that regardless of my age and how long I have carried a defect or imperfection, or how much I may have fed it through the years, God not only can heal me of it, but he is waiting for the instant in which I will that he does.

Sometimes I address him saying, “Lord, look at me” meaning in my heart that I do not have what it takes to act in the way that I know He wants me to act. Then I ask him to please help me, to give me the virtue that I need. For instance, if I do not have love for someone because that person has done wrong to me or someone else, I ask Jesus to give me his love, to give me the ability to look at that person the way he sees him/her… the awesome part is that he always does! In some occasions I have felt his grace pouring over me.

In emergency situations, when a temptation is in front of me and there is no time for reasoning, I call his name: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! He is so good… he always rescues me. Blessed be God forever!

Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee!

San Padre Pio, pray for us!

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