MY daily reflection and prayer:
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Mark 5:21-43
And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet, and begged him, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.” And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today proclaims two people who come to Jesus with expectant faith. Let’s learn from them.
The first is Jairus. His little daughter is at the point of death. So he comes to Jesus and says, “Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” Jesus gives him and his daighter the best.
The second is a woman who suffers a flow of blood for twelve years. She has suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she has, and was no better but rather grew worse. She believes in Jesus. So she comes up behind Jesus in the crowd and touches his garment. She believes if she touches even his garments, she shall be made well. And yes, her hemorrhage immediately ceased; and she feel in her body that she is healed of her disease.
From the two people we learn to come to Jesus Christ with expectant faith. People in desperate circumstances will not be disappointed when they cry out to Jesus.
To both of them, Jesus gives hope where there seems to be no human cause for it because his hope is directed to God. Jesus speaks words of hope to Jairus and to the woman. Jesus goes with Jairus and says, “Do not fear, only believe” when someone tells him, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
And to the woman, Jesus says, “Take heart, daughter! Your faith has made you well! Your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease!
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, while worshipping Jesus Christ, we approach him with confident expectation that he will hear your request and act. He has given us hope so we come to him with expectant faith.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you love each of us with a unique and personal love. Touch our lives with your saving power, heal and restore us to fullness of life. Help us to give wholly of ouselves in loving service to others, especially to the poor now and forever. Amen.
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