Mumbai Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) | Mass reflection 8th Feb 2021

Mass reflection 8th Feb 2021

8th February, 2021
Initiative of the Ministry of the Word group Gen 1:1-19; Ps 104:1-2,5-6,10,12,24,35, Mk 6:53-56
Feb 8th, 2021 – Monday of 5th week in Ord. Time
Gen 1:1-19; Ps 104:1-2,5-6,10,12,24,35
Mk 6:53-56

The liturgical readings shift from Hebrews to the book of Genesis. We start with the first account of Creation and come across not primarily a description of events but a sequence of facts resulting from the life-giving word of the supreme and absolute master of the universe – God! Typically stylized as impersonal, formulaic & measured to a point of austerity, we encounter a prose that is cultivated over a period of time, marked with endless reflection and refinement, each word subjected to the minutest scrutiny to produce a credo untinged by the least hint of speculation and placing the onus of Creation squarely as the achievement of the Creator. In other words, the focus here is not on whether  the statements made here are true or false but rather as to what they mean.
The reading before us today focusses on a pre-creation description and on God’s action. We are told that the earth was a “Formless void”. The account of Creation pinpoints God’s action in remedying this. The first three days of Creation describe how God changes the “formless” chaos and creates the form which He will later fill. This description ends with an evaluation by God himself who acknowledges that everything created is “Good”
The Psalmist echoes the author of Genesis in describing the same reality poetically.

The Gospel passage has Jesus and the disciples making the crossing to Gennasaret – a plain on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. He is recognized here as the great miracle worker and people bring all kinds of sick – even those on stretchers- to Jesus to be healed. So enamored are they with this miracle worker from Nazareth that they beg him to “let them touch even the fringe of his cloak”. Mark concludes that “all those who touched him were healed”. In keeping with his style, Mark portrays Jesus as the all-powerful one. While it is unlikely that the invalids, especially those on stretchers could stretch out to touch Jesus, Mark specifically highlights that nothing happens without Jesus’ permission. Jesus brings order to the chaos of life -in this case, illnesses of every kind- that prevent people from functioning truly as they ought to.

Reflecting on our readings then, one can clearly see the parallelism here between the Genesis story of Creation and the Gospel passage. God’s intervention always brings about order in every situation of chaos.

What are the chaotic situations in my life that need to be made orderly?