Lenten Scripture Reflection | Monday: Psalm 51; Hosea 12.1-14; Mark 6.30-56

From: Phil Kim

We live and work in Boston — a beacon of hope for people from around the world who come here for life-saving medical treatments. We are surrounded by the best minds (even in our own community) who study about how to care for the sick and who deliver state-of-the-art medicine in our hospitals. We know people who work for or invest in biotech and healthcare companies with a mission to commercialize discoveries so society can benefit from these medical breakthroughs. Boston is known worldwide as a center for healthcare excellence. 

Today’s passage in Mark’s Gospel describes the multitudes who come to Christ for healing. In fact, the entire book chronicles situation after situation of ordinary people, suffering from one illness or another, coming by faith to seek and to be healed by Christ. Just like a fast-paced action story, Mark’s Gospel is a riveting account of Christ’s healthcare ministry. The writing is crisp and highlights the Great Physician’s work to heal and restore people to full health — physically, mentally, and spiritually. As we continue to make our way toward the Easter season, let us be encouraged by the resurrection hope that one day, our bodies will be fully restored. Tears from the pains of sickness shall stop — in a way no human efforts can ever achieve, even in a place like Boston.

As someone who studies innovation and entrepreneurship, I’m continually fascinated by scientists whose discoveries have a transformational impact on how we live and work every day.