On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 31, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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What struck me the most in today’s readings was this line from Hebrews. “In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.”

If we were to take a poll, I am sure many will own up that we give in too cheaply to sin. Our excuse? The stressful times we live in, the many challenges we face. The pain and suffering we have to go through and so we seek reprieve, relief and what not!

I read and loved this from a book by Bill Johnson a pastor of Bethel Church. Many define self-control as the ability to say no to all the distracting options we have in life. Whilst in some measure that is true, it is better to consider this virtue as the ability to say Yes to the “one thing” so completely that we have nothing left to give to distractions.

What is that ‘one thing’? Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Jesus wants to heal and restore all of us, young and old! But will He find such faith in us to remain pure, spotless so as to be powerful instruments of His grace, mercy and healing for others?

Today’s Gospel challenges us to have the faith of both Jairus and the woman who suffered from a haemorrhage. Jairus had faith to approach Jesus to heal his daughter, then was challenged to have a deeper faith in Jesus when she died. “Do not be afraid; only have faith.” And his daughter was raised! “If I can touch even his clothes,” she had told herself, “I shall be well again.” And she was made well by her faith in Jesus!
 

Here I am Lord, I come to do Your Will. Amen

Saint John Bosco pray for us…

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First reading

Hebrews 12:1-4 ·

We should keep running steadily in the race we have started

With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started. Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s throne. Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners and then you will not give up for want of courage. In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.

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Gospel

Mark 5:21-43

Little girl, I tell you to get up

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.

    Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. ‘If I can touch even his clothes,’ she had told herself ‘I shall be well again.’ And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint. Immediately aware that power had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ His disciples said to him, ‘You see how the crowd is pressing round you and yet you say, “Who touched me?”’ But he continued to look all round to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. ‘My daughter,’ he said ‘your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free from your complaint.’

    While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

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