Monday: 11th February, 2019
Reference text: Mark 6:53-56
Mark 6:56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
In the days of Jesus, technology did not have a field day like now. Hence, in the absence of social media, word of mouth was the signature mode of information travel and in the giving of evidence: what you saw, you spoke.
What we see as as the preferred option for healing proposed by the people in Gennesaret was ‘allow us to touch the border of your garment’. Thus, we begin to wonder: was this a new way of receiving healing or had it been done before? We do not have to travel far to see an answer as the preceding chapter of Mark’s Gospel (5:20ff) mentions the woman who gave a testimony to the effect that she got healed from her ‘chronic bleeding’ after touching the garments of Jesus.
If you therefore wanted to test the efficacy of word of mouth, there you had it. That however is not the real deal- what we notice is a new way of receiving healing prompted by the faith of a ‘desperate sick woman’ and it had come to stay. Most of the time, we are constantly reminded of the need to be original, to know that we are unique and not live as other people do; of that, even I am an advocate. However, we often take those words too literally and end up closing ourselves to some opportunities for growth.
Sweetheart, because we are uniquely created does not mean we are barred or prevented from adopting the practical attitudes and habits of others which have evidently produced good. fruit. A touch of Jesus’ garment may not have been an idea originating in Gennesaret, but adopting it produced results and did not alter the status or identity of those who did. And mind you, they were given permission by Jesus to do so.