Read Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
6:30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
6:31 He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
6:32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
6:33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.
6:34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
(35-52 Feeding of Five Thousand, Walking on Water)
6:53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat.
6:54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him,
6:55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
6:56 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.
As Jesus and the disciples go away to rest the need for ministry catches up with them. God gives grace to feed, to heal, and even to walk on water. They laid their sick near him 'that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak.'
Two pictures emerge - one of getting in the boat with Jesus and living the life of a disciple. The other, is of just getting close enough to touch the hem of his cloak.
We all need that first move - touching the hem of his cloak to begin the healing journey.
But getting in the boat, breaking bread, walking on water - that is the direction in which we are all called.
Lord I am somewhere between being laid on the floor to touch the hem of your cloak - and plucking up the courage to learn to minister with you and the disciples. Grant me healing and faith I pray.