I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Friday, June 29, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday July 1 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 5:21-43

My Reflections:
There is a story of a woman who was diagnosed with terminal ailment she was given by her doctors only two months to live. Even if her health was already failing this woman has incredible faith, even if she was already getting weaker by the day she would try very hard to attend Holy Mass daily. 

It eventually came to a point that she was too weak to get-up from her bed hence she requested their parish priest to visit her so that she could be administered the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. And thereafter every Sunday she would be visited by a Eucharistic Minister to give her Holy Communion.

After a month of receiving the Body of Christ brought to her by the Eucharistic Minister this woman was amazingly able to get-up again. She regained her strength and was able to attend once again their daily Mass. When she was asked who healed her she would always give praise  to Jesus and her strong faith in Him.

We have in our gospel two incredible stories of faith one is the synagogue official named Jairus and the other one is a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. Both of them got what they wanted from Jesus, in the case of Jairus healing for his daughter and the woman healing for her sickness that had been bothering her for twelve years.

Jesus granted them both what they’ve wanted because they both have rock solid faith. Not only that they have faith they also manifested their respective faiths by their deeds or actions. For example, in the story of Jairus he went out of his way to personally go to Jesus to ask Him to come to his home and lay His hand on his daughter.

The woman afflicted with hemorrhages did the same, upon hearing that Jesus was near her, she went to Him with the intention of touching a part of His clothes and that will be enough for her to be healed by Jesus. So she went to Jesus, touched His cloak and she was immediately cured. Jesus told her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction (Mark 5:34)."          

Just like Jairus and the sick woman our faith in Jesus must always be coupled with action. If we pray to Jesus to grant us something we must not lay around idly we must work for it and ask Jesus with faith to grant us what we want. It must always be faith with action not faith without action.  St. James said: What good is it to profess faith without showing works?” “Such faith has no power to save you (James 2:14).”   

How is your faith in Jesus is it always coupled with action? 

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