That evening, at sunset, people brought to Jesus those who were sick or demon-possessed. 33
The whole town gathered near the door.
Crowds often press anxiously against the front doors of stores waiting for them to open for some big sale that’s going on. Everyone longs to get the very best deal on clothing, electronics, or some other item that excites the crowd.
St. Mark tells us that crowds pressed around Jesus, longing not for some “thing” they think will make them happy, but for healing from diseases that threaten their lives. One by one, Jesus places his loving hands on people and they are healed. However, much more than the crowds pressing about Jesus, is Jesus himself coming near, pressing about and embracing hearts so that healing can happen for body, mind and spirit.
Jesus used to pass long hours of the night in prayer. When you wake up at night, breath in and out this prayer: “In the night I pray to You.”
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In the night, I pray to You. v. 35
I am searching for You, Lord. v. 37
Going on to other towns v. 38
Lord, You choose to make me clean. v. 40
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we generally read from the Gospel of Mark.
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