Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 4, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Second Book of Samuel 18:9-10, 14B, 24-25A

Psalm 86:1-2

Mark 5:21-43

Today our readings center on the love of two fathers.  One man for his son and the other man for his daughter.  Both children are in dire need of help.  Both fathers reach out to men who they believe can help, men they can trust.  The first man’s hopes are dashed while the second man will celebrate.

There aren’t too many biblical stories that bring out the raw emotions of the people involved more than today’s reading from the Second Book of Samuel.  As we know, David is the great king of Israel and like many of us he has made mistakes with his children.  A number of mistakes with Absalom led to a life that spiraled out of control.  Many of us can relate to David through members of our own family and with our friends.  David loved his son and wanted him to live so that there could be reconciliation between them.  But, learning of the death of his son Absalom by his servant Joab the king wept and called to his son wishing that he had died in his place.  A beautiful but heart wrenching picture of a father weeping and mourning for his son. 

In Mark’s gospel a father has a sick daughter and looks to Jesus for help.  Like David entrusting Absalom to Joab, Jairus entrusts his daughter to Jesus.  So Jesus sets out for Jairus’ house and is first met by a woman who has been sick; she simply touches His cloak and is healed of her illness.  Her faith has healed her.

Jesus eventually gets to the house of Jairus and learns that the child had died.  Jesus says, “The child is not dead, but only sleeps.”  He took the child by the hand and calls her “little girl,” tells her to get up and instructs her parents to give her something to eat.  Beautiful!

If the story of David and Absalom is filled with raw emotion, the scene where Jesus enters the room of the dead child is one of the most tender in sacred scripture.  Jairus trusted Jesus and saw death flee from the presence of Him, Our Lord, who is Life.  We don’t know when David wrote today’s Psalm but he knew that it makes a difference where you place your trust.  David said, “You are my God, I trust you.”  Beautiful!

Question of the Day:  How strong is your trust in Jesus to heal you in body, mind and spirit?   

Prayer:  “O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength.  Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.”  (By Saint Ignatius of Loyola – 1491-1556.)



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