Gospel Reflection: Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – June 28
Malvern Minute

 

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

JUNE 28, 2015

Alleluia, Alleluia. 

Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death

and brought life to light through the Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia.

 The Gospel of Saint Mark 5: 21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.  One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.  Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death.  Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”  He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.  She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had.  Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.  She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.  She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”  Immediately her flow of blood dried up.  She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.  Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?

But his disciples said to Jesus, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”  And he looked around to see who had done it.  The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling.  She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”  Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.  When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.  So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping?  The child is not dead but asleep.”  And they ridiculed him.  Then he put them all out. 

He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was.  He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”  The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.  At that they were utterly astounded.  He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.

The Gospel of the Lord

 

REFLECTION

After last Sunday’s dramatic display by Jesus of quieting the roaring sea which demonstrated His sharing in the power of the Creator, today Saint Mark continues to provide evidence of Jesus’ true identity as the Son of God.  The Gospel gives us two incredible moments in the life of Jesus – one miracle story entwined within another.

The initiators of these miraculous moments are two individuals from both ends of the social strata: a hemorrhaging woman who is consequently religiously unclean and who desperately needs physical and social recovery; and an official of the synagogue who possesses significant religious and social importance and who pleads for his daughter’s life.  However, both have one important quality in common: both have faith in Jesus and are confident that He can help them.  The woman acquires the help she needs by secretly touching the Lord’s clothing, while the official gains Jesus’ attention by falling at the feet of Jesus and publicly crying out for Jesus to come to his daughter’s aid.

The Gospel surfaces the perpetual human drama in which we all are involved.  How is it that some see Jesus and have such confidence in Him while others ridiculed him?  I am sure we all want to identify with the two individuals of the Gospel in terms of their faith and confidence in Jesus.  How does one go about seeing Jesus and having deep confidence in Him – how does one grow in faith?

Faith is a gift from God — faith is not something that we can acquire on our own.  Faith is given to us at Baptism.  Faith is not a thing or an objectFaith is a relationship that God initiates with us.   Every relationship, human or divine has as its core trust.  As the relationship grows over time through contact and mutual desire, so trust is given the opportunity to grow.   Trust and confidence grows as one discovers more and more that the other is trustworthy.  With God’s grace and a person’s desire, the relationship with Jesus can progress from an acquaintance, to a partnership, to a true friendship.   Since all the growth takes place as a gift from God, our fundamental role in this developing relationship is to make ourselves available to God.  If one wants to grow in his/her relationship with Jesus, and consequently grow in trust and confidence in the Lord, one must read and reflect on the Gospel stories of Jesus daily and allow Him to personally reveal Himself to each person in those quiet prayer moments.  The Gospels allow us to see Jesus, to hear Jesus and to be touched by Jesus.   Faith and trust in God is in and through one’s relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son!!

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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