Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….. Monday 11 February 2019
On 11 February 1858 , in Lourdes the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette . At the site of the apparition a spring stemmed , in its water during the last decades many-many people regained their health. In 1993 Pope John Paul II declared 11February The World Day of the Sick. Since then on this day we pray for spiritual -bodily health on this day .
According to the gospel many people asked from Jesus Christ strength and healing and received it . Wherever He went " people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.” Mark 6, 53-56
Do I believe that there is a cure for my problems, illnesses , that I am capable to stand up , get better , start again ? Many of the people who go on pilgrimages to Lourdes , praying , fasting have been healed . Do I believe that fasting, the pilgrimage trying your body and soul , the prayer ,searching for the presence of God can also heal me ?
How great it would be if in trouble, sickness I would not let myself go , if I would not only trust my healing to the chemicals prescribed by doctors , but I would also get going repenting, visiting my homeland’s sanctuaries , with the prayer of body and soul would turn to my Creator . I believe , that not only on 11 February and not only in Lourdes , but on every single day of the year anywhere around the world God hears the prayer of the sick crying out for help .
Get up and go , according to the medicos we have to walk 10 kms a day . The lack of moving about is one of the most important source of the illnesses of our times . Our Mother the Church for thousands of years does not only want to take us on pilgrimages, but encourages us to use self-denial , fasting . The other canker of our days is the immeasurable consumption of food. Very many people eat till they make themselves ill. I believe that the healthy fasting is the physician of the body and soul .
The message of Lourdes is : set out own your pilgrimage , fast and with prayerful love search for the presence of your God , and you’ll be healed . You cannot trust your bodily-spiritual health only to the expensive medications available, you are more than the chemicals that can be obtained from pharmacies ! Your bodily -spiritual health is in your hand , trust in your creator God , who wants you that by increasing in strength , health you produce fruit , lasting fruit .
With love ,
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
When Jesus and the disciples had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.