Gospel of 10th February 2020 - Mark 6:53-56
Having made the crossing, Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret and tied up. No sooner had they stepped out of the boat than people recognised him, and started hurrying all through the countryside and brought the sick on stretchers to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, to village, or town, or farm, they laid down the sick in the open spaces, begging him to let them touch even the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched him were cured.
Reflection on the Catacomb Mural Painting
One of the first Christian representations of Jesus ever, is this 4th century painting in the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter, Rome. It depicts the essence of the Gospel reading today: 'people were begging Him to let them touch even the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched Him were cured'. It may also be the representation of Jesus healing the bleeding woman more specifically. Anyway, this shows how the early Christian communities were particularly taken with this Gospel reading and the healing powers of Jesus' ministry.
The ancient term to designate these burial sites is coemeterium, which derives from the Greek and means "dormitory", thereby stressing the fact that for Christians, burial is just a temporary moment while they wait for the final resurrection..... To read on see: https://christianart.today/reading.php?id=324
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