Quotations:

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

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Reflection for Tuesday February 4, Fourth Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 5:21-43

Gospel: 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.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhage 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 him, “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.
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My Reflection:
Who is Jesus to us? Jairus whose daughter was at the point of death and the woman who had been bleeding for twelve long years obviously knew that Jesus was a healer. This was primarily the reason why during their time of need they obviously went to Jesus. 

But did they know that Jesus was also the Son of God who was sent by God the Father to ransom us from original sin? Perhaps they did not know about the divine personality of Jesus. And perhaps they did not know also that Jesus was sent to this world so that we may live and have life.

Some of us know about the divine healing power of Jesus. Some of us also know that Jesus is the Son of God who was sent to this world so that we may live and have life.  Some of us also know that to live life without Jesus in our lives is pointless. We may have all the wealth and power in this world but it amounts to nothing if Jesus is not in our lives.

What will remain? It’s our faith in Jesus, the same faith that Jairus and the sick woman had. Let us therefore share this faith so that though us others may know Jesus.

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