JULY 5. Ord Time B. Wk 14. Mon. Mt 9. 18-26
Updated: Sep 10
While Jesus was speaking, up came one of the officials, who bowed low in front of him and said, ‘My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and her life will be saved.’ Jesus rose and, with his disciples, followed him. Then from behind him came a woman, who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years, and she touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, ‘If I can only touch his cloak I shall be well again.’ Jesus turned round and saw her; and he said to her, ‘Courage, my daughter, your faith has restored you to health.’ And from that moment the woman was well again.
When Jesus reached the official’s house and saw the flute-players, with the crowd making a commotion he said, ‘Get out of here; the little girl is not dead, she is asleep.’ And they laughed at him. But when the people had been turned out he went inside and took the little girl by the hand; and she stood up. And the news spread all round the countryside.
Today’s Gospel is a powerful lesson in the beauty of Faith, with two individuals bearing testimony to the Faith that dwelt in their hearts.
Of all the gifts God bestows on his people there is none greater than Faith, which is the highest form of knowledge available to man as, at its centre, is his relationship with his Creator!
And it needs to be emphasised it is a gift! No man can give himself Faith; - it is a gift that only grows via Prayer, Sacrament and Devotion to Mary, the Mother of God; - and our mother!
Certainly, it is received at Baptism, but at that point it is small, weak and fragile, and needs to be cared for; - in the same way as any plant in a hostile environment; - which is certainly an accurate description of the modern world.
And for one’s Faith to grow and reach its potential this care has to be ongoing and constant as it demands rejection of the world’s values if it is to grow into a loving relationship with God.
And this is where Faith leads; - to an intimate and personal relationship with God that begins on earth, but will only reach its fulfillment in Heaven; - where we will dwell in God, and God will dwell in us; - something that becomes possible when we begin to live a “spiritual” life!
This intimate union with God is where our Faith is designed to lead us to; - a union that begins on earth, but can only reach its fulfillment in heaven, where we will see and know God as he is; - and Faith will no longer be necessary!
We only have to look at the two examples of Faith in today’s Gospel to see that both of them were acting with firm conviction, and that God was already dwelling within them!
The official’s daughter was dead; - and yet he still turned to Jesus with Faith and Love; - “Bowing low in front of him and proclaiming ‘my daughter has just died; - but come and lay your hand on her and her life will be saved!’”
While the woman with the haemorrhage did not even talk to Jesus; - coming up behind him and touching his cloak; - saying to herself; - ‘If I can only touch his cloak I will be well again!’
Both are examples of a strong Faith; - bearing the fruit of an intimate and loving relationship!
Gospel Acclamation cf.2Tm1:10
Our Saviour Jesus Christ has done away with death
and brought us life through his gospel.
First reading Genesis 28:10-22 · Jacob's dream of the ladder at Bethel
Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. When he had reached a certain place he passed the night there, since the sun had set. Taking one of the stones to be found at that place, he made it his pillow and lay down where he was. He had a dream: a ladder was there, standing on the ground with its top reaching to heaven; and there were angels of God going up it and coming down. And the Lord was there, standing over him, saying, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac. I will give to you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants shall be like the specks of dust on the ground; you shall spread to the west and the east, to the north and the south, and all the tribes of the earth shall bless themselves by you and your descendants.
‘Be sure that I am with you; I will keep you safe wherever you go, and bring you back to this land, for I will not desert you before I have done all that I have promised you.’
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Truly, the Lord is in this place and I never knew it!’ He was afraid and said, ‘How awe-inspiring this place is! This is nothing less than a house of God; this is the gate of heaven!’ Rising early in the morning, Jacob took the stone he had used for his pillow, and set it up as a monument, pouring oil over the top of it. He named the place Bethel, but before that the town was called Luz.
Jacob made this vow, ‘If God goes with me and keeps me safe on this journey I am making, if he gives me bread to eat and clothes to wear, and if I return home safely to my father, then the Lord shall be my God. This stone I have set up as a monument shall be a house of God.’