Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Book of Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24, Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13, 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15,
& Mark 5:21-43
Faith! When we read today's passages from the Gospel of Saint Mark, it may make us think about how the people followed Jesus during that time and those who were so fortunate to see Him in the flesh. Were they following Him because they had faith in Him, or were there a few "Doubting Thomases" among them? Still, we learn about the woman who knew she only had to touch His clothes, so she might be made whole. We understand, too, Jesus says to the family of the young girl who they believed had died, "Do not be afraid, just have faith."
Faith is believing, letting go, and letting God in. We may not have witnessed Jesus performing a miracle, but we still have faith that God can make us whole. We can believe that even though there is evil in our world, God's justice will prevail. We can have faith when we view the good in others and witness people working to improve the lives of the abandoned and those in the most need. In these times and places, we can have faith that God loves us and is with all of us.
It can be hard to have faith in a world beset by tragedy, hatred, and senseless acts. We must remember that miracles may be small, yet they happen all around us if we open our eyes and hearts to them.
Our faith should propel us not only to believe but also to act. We must let our faith shine. We must let God in. We must believe that justice is undying, that by doing what we can, where we are, whoever we are, we can make a difference in our world. Have faith!
Question of the Day: How have you experienced the healing power of God?
Prayer: "Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospels. Alleluia, alleluia."