Faith Daily | 7 February 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 535
Father of all,
who gave your only-begotten Son
to take upon himself the form of a servant
and to be obedient even to death on a cross:
give us the same mind that was in Christ Jesus,
that, sharing in his humility,
we may come to be with him in his glory;
where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 6: 53-56
53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: by Pamela Davey
Rowan Williams says in ‘Meeting God in Mark’ Jesus performs miracles out of compassion, and that Jesus’ healings are always bound into a relation between him and the person to be healed. He believes Mark’s gospel is about relationship, a relationship of trust.
And why is this? Because he thinks God is transforming the world, healing its wound and forgiving and overcoming our failures, by being with and in the processes of the world above all, in that unique process that is a human life; the life first of Jesus, but then the lives of those who have been called and commissioned by Jesus to be – like him and because of him – places where the work of God can start to blossom and expand in the world.
Quite a big ask really, luckily, we don’t have to do it by ourselves!
And Rowan William’s prayer:
God, grant me the humility to see my own privilege. Let me see Jesus’ challenge as a gift and not a threat. Amen.