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RELIGION LITURGY AND LIFE

13TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

In the Gospel reading for this Sunday we hear about the woman who had the hemorrhage and we also hear about the official’s daughter. Whilst the stories are about the faith of the people involved they are also about the mercy of Jesus towards them both. Jairus, the synagogue official and loving father of a ‘desperately sick’ twelve-year old daughter, is convinced that if only Jesus would place his hands on her ‘to make her better and save her life’ she will surely recover. The unnamed woman, suffering for twelve years from a condition for which she has spent her life-savings on one doctor after another, has one last hope. She is convinced that ‘if she can touch even his clothes’, surely she will ‘be well again’ and then she was able to get near to Jesus and touched his garments.  The poor woman and Jesus know that healing power has gone forth. Jesus turns around, inquiring who is the one who had touched him. Fearfully, the woman admits that she is the one. Jesus immediately calms her fear, telling her to go home in peace, for she is healed. Then, He proceeds to the house of Jairus, where He learns that the little girl has died. Quieting all the commotion, He goes in with the child’s parents and Peter, James, and John. Taking the hand of the girl, He brings her from death to life, ordering that some food be brought to her. How thoughtful of Him!

This gospel reading speaks of two things faith and mercy. Firstly we have the faith of the woman and Jairus the official, faith that Jesus would help them. Then we have the mercy of Jesus healing the woman telling her to go home in peace and then going on to the house of Jairus brings his daughter from death to life.May we have the courage to be people of faith and mercy. That is people who are not afraid to show our faith in Jesus to those around us as well as showing his mercy to those in our lives.

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