Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mark 5:21-43
Today’s gospel reading shows faith overcoming desperation. Both believers were in the throes of extreme duress. One, a synagogue official was desperate to save his dying little girl, and the other a woman, exhausted from hemorrhaging twelve years. Both knew Christ was the answer.
The woman only had to touch Christ’s cloak and she was healed. Turning, Jesus said to her, “Your faith has saved you” Likewise, when told it was too late, and Jairus' daughter was dead, Jesus told him, “Do not be afraid, just have faith”.
Easier said than done at times.
Only when at our wits end do many turn to God. A loved one is dying and we pray for them to be saved. Cancer strikes, and immediately we ask others for prayers. Someone is seriously injured in an accident, loses their job, is handed court papers, and they fall to their knees before the cross and beg for intercessions, an end to their pain.
It is in the midst of these moments we need to remind ourselves to believe; to fall back on the words of Christ which are just as relevant today as they were when He walked on Earth.
“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured.”
In faith, reach out for His Body, present in the Eucharist, as the woman did and be healed. Hold Him, knowing He bears our pain. Accept Him knowing He will aid our loved ones. Surrender to His Will and He will strengthen our resolve to overcome anything, even death.
Just have faith, and all will be as it should.
And our reward? On the last day He will take our hand and say “Talitha koum; little one... arise.”
Is my faith strong enough to surrender completely to Christ, trusting Him to take care of everything?
Jesus, help me to grow stronger in my faith, in my love for You each and every day. Give me a faith strong enough to surrender completely to You so Your Will will be done. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Carol Sbordan Bannon
About the Author
Carol Bannon currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband. She is a wife, mother, grandmother to seven, substitute teacher, and an active supporter of the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island (DSSRI). Carol is the author of Handshake from Heaven and Our Family’s Christmas Elf. She and her husband love to spend time boating on Cape Cod and traveling to new harbors.