Mark 3: 7-12
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed; also from Judea
8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from about Tyre and Sidon a great multitude, hearing all that he did, came to him.
9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him;
10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him.
11 And whenever the unclean spirits beheld him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God."
12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.
Today’s Gospel describes how both Jews and Gentiles from Galilee and all surrounding areas gathered around Jesus practically every day of His public ministry of preaching and healing. Jesus preached the Good News of God’s love and demonstrated by His healing ministry the mercy and compassion of God the Father.
Jesus’ mission was universal, attracting Jews and pagans alike. He exercised His Divine power of healing, using His human body to demonstrate to the people that He was both God and man. Jesus instructed the healed ones not to publicize Him as the expected Messiah because He did not want to bring His public life to a premature end. The ordinary Jews believed that the expected Messiah would declare himself King of the Jews after overthrowing the Roman rule. Hence, it was dangerous to let people regard him as the Messiah.
1) Jesus continues to preach the Good News and heal the sick through His Church and through us His followers. He welcomes our response to Him and calls us to come to Him through the Sacraments, and especially by our participation in the Eucharistic celebration with trusting faith and confident expectation. (Fr. Tony)