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, July 4, 2016

Reflection for July 4, Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 9:18-26

Gospel: Matthew 9:18-26
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.
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Reflection:
Do you always compliment your faith with actions? Our faith in God is measured by our actions.

In the gospel there’s the official full of faith who went to Jesus and told Him: “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live (Matthew 9:18).”

There’s also that woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years who came up behind Him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured (Matthew 9:21).”

We too have our own stories about our faith in Jesus. Our faith stories didn’t just happen by accident it happened for a reason. We supported our faith with actions and after which we rested it on Jesus’ mercy and compassion.

The same mercy and compassion that He gave to the official’s daughter. The same mercy and compassion that He had given also to the woman who had been suffering hemorrhages for twelve long years.

Let us therefore continue to have an unwavering faith in Jesus, let us support our faith with our actions and God’s mercy and compassion will be upon us too.

How’s your faith in Jesus? Is it always faith with actions? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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