Genesis 1:1-19 Mark 6:53-56 USCCB Podcast of the Readings: ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/15_02_09.mp3
Today’s Inspirational Snippet: All of creation is a reflection of God and an opportunity to worship Him.
Today we begin using Genesis as our first reading. Genesis is more about God and our relationship with God than about how the world actually came to be. The central message is: There is only one God and he is the source of all that is; he is totally good and everything he creates is good.
It acts as an introduction to the five books of the Pentateuch, the Law of Israel, and shows how God brought order into a chaotic universe.
Today’s reading begins with God bringing into existence what we might call the infrastructure of our world. This section introduces the whole Pentateuch and in a way the whole Bible. It shows how God brought an orderly universe out of primordial chaos. It forms a background for the call of Abram and the real beginning of the biblical story in chapter 12.
Today we have a passage summarising what Jesus was doing for the people. It indicates the tremendous hunger of the people to be healed and made whole by Jesus. The people recognise him immediately and go everywhere, bringing along those in need of healing. Jesus, in turn, was visiting towns and villages. The sick, strong in their faith, only asked to be allowed to touch the edges of his outer garment and everyone who touched him was healed and made whole.
Today, Jesus is no longer literally tying his boat up along the shores. We cannot touch his cloak and be healed. 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 business of life. However, if we all were to slow down, we might just see Jesus in each other and in life itself. Let us pray that our influence on others at home, at work and elsewhere may have a truly healing effect.