My home parish in Bulacan is dedicated to St. John of God and St. Raphael the Archangel. These two saints are connected to God’s healing power. St. Raphael the Archangel is the patron saint of healing. His name means “God heals.” In the book of Tobit, he is revealed as a healer of mind, body, and spirit. St. John of God took care of the sick and established hospitals.
Before the declaration of a lockdown, the images of these two patron saints, located near the main door of our church, were most frequently visited in our parish. Many would touch and pray in front of these images to ask for healing. When the lockdown was announced, we posted, for safety purposes, a notice that read “Do not touch the images, let God touch you.”
In the Gospel today, the healing journey of Jesus continues. Those who would like to be healed by Him would follow wherever He goes. The moment they got any information that Jesus was nearby, they would rush towards Him to have a healing encounter with the Lord. They would never mind if they were not able to talk to Jesus. It was already enough for them just to touch a tiny part of His clothes. In the Gospel, the cloak symbolizes the unending grace of God. Just catching a glimpse of Him or a quick touch of his clothes was enough for them to be healed by the mighty power of Jesus.
We always invoke God’s blessings in our daily lives. Because the Lord is always just a prayer away. Jesus will never disappoint anyone who humbles himself before Him and surrenders himself to Him. Every miracle of Jesus is certainly an act of love given toward the person healed. Jesus knows what we need even before we ask Him. Our responsibility is to remain faithful to Him at all times, knowing that in doing so, He will provide us with what we need even before we ask.
By: Sem. Arjay A. Ligamzon
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.