Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Updated: Feb 2
2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30-19:3, Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, & Mark 5:21-43
Today's Gospel is a revealing account of healing and faith. Jairus, an official of the synagogue, approaches Jesus and begs Him to heal his dying daughter. His fatherly plea is one of pure desperation, and he begs Jesus to come and lay His hands on her. Jairus had faith that our Lord could and would restore his daughter to health. Immediately, Jesus agreed to go with Jairus to his home, and many others followed them.
On their way, they pass a woman with a long history of hemorrhages, who had heard of Jesus and His power to heal. She believed by touching Jesus, even for a moment, that she would be made well. As our Lord walked, the woman came up to Jesus and reached out and touched His cloak and was healed. Jesus, instantly knowing, she experienced a "touch of faith," summoned her and she knelt before Him. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your affliction.”
After Jesus entered Jairus' house, He took his daughter by the hand and cured her. Just imagine the joy, gratitude, and amazement that filled that room. For what do you long to be healed of? How often do your reach out to "touch" Jesus? Today, let us pray for one another that we will place our trust in Jesus in all the circumstances of our lives as we reach out to Him with our faith for His power to heal us to serve Him now and forever.
Question of the Day: Do you experience the healing power of Jesus through the sacrament of Reconciliation?
Prayer: "Let your face shine on your servant and save me in your merciful love. O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you." (Cf. Ps 31(3):17-18)