13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 1: 13-15: 1 Corinthians 8: 7,9,13-15; Mark 5: 21-43
Think back to a time when you were a small child and perhaps you were afraid of doing something: perhaps to ride the roller coaster or pet a strange animal at the zoo. Your mom or dad told you that it would be all right to do so and not to be afraid. You believed them – you had faith in what they said. Faith is not a single event but a process, a journey. You believed, had faith, because you journeyed with your parents: you trusted them.
In today’s Gospel, Mark shares with us two miracles that required both Jairus and the woman with the hemorrhage to discover the power of Jesus- to trust in Him. They each had complete faith in Jesus’ power: Jairus whose faith took him from fear about his daughter to peace; the woman was taken from suffering to being healed. These stories tell us that we, too, when we connect by faith to Jesus, can experience these same movements of faith: peace and healing.
When our parents were honest with us, it forged our faith in them. So too, the two miracles, shared by Mark, showed us how faith saved Jairus’ daughter and the woman with the hemorrhage.
Our faith and belief in Jesus can be tested many times during our life:
- when sickness comes
- when the bottom appears to fall out of life
- when looking at a hopeless situation.
- when answers to our prayer seems delayed.
In these and many other daily events, we discover the power of our faith in Jesus.
We pray Psalm 30: Hear O Lord and have pity on me. You change my mourning into dancing. O Lord my God, forever will I give you thanks.
Sr. Barbara Werner, OP