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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 5, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Are we too proud to turn to Jesus for help? Or are we afraid, either because we have never sought Him in the past or too ashamed because of the lives we lead? Know that He loves us and is waiting for us to call on Him.

Our Lord who knows our every sin no matter how well hid, also knows our every need. Do we have faith that He will heal us? Do we have faith that He knows what is best for us?

Do we give Glory to God when we are healed? Do we offer praise and thanks? Do we know that the power of healing comes from Christ alone, whether through prayers, sacramentals, intercessions, relics, touch etc?

Do we overcome skepticism by our faith in Christ or do we allow it to lead us on an empty path? Do we try to pass on our skepticism to others? Jesus is real, touch Him by faith and you will see….

Death and sickness came into the world by our sins. But our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ has come to save and heal us, He has risen from the dead to show us that He too has power over death!

Let us pray…sweet Jesus my Lord, I hear you calling out to me; I want to rise from the death of my sins. I reach out my hand to you O Lord, heal me and wash me clean that I may unite my will to Yours and one day live in the room You have prepared for me. AMEN.

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 hemorrhages 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.