Tuesday, January 31, 2017
(Hebrews 12:1-4; Mark 5:21-43)
Faith is a very powerful virtue. Faith moves mountains; faith touches God. It is through faith that God is moved to be on our side. On the other hand, doubt is the greatest enemy of faith.
Jairus and the woman in today’s Gospel have one thing in common, faith. Jairus was a synagogue official and came to Jesus to ask for his daughter’s healing. Faith led him to Jesus. Time did not make his faith weaver even when Jesus seemed not to be moving due to many people pressing around him. Even messagers who brought the news of the child’s death wouldn’t kill his faith. His 12 years old child was raised back to life. Neither did his high position in synagogue prevent him from kneeling to pray to Jesus.
The woman who had suffered for 12 years believed that just by touching a piece of the cloths could heal her. And it happened. She did that silently because according to the law she was not supposed to be there due to her uncleanliness.
We have witnessed many people who have received miracles just by touching relics of saints. Some have even been healed by just being touched by a saint’s shadow. With all these, it is not the shadow, nor the cloth nor the relics that heal but faith.
Let us pray for the increase of faith. Those who have suffered for many years, don’t lose hope. Even those who have suffering because the month of January seemed he’ll to them. Have faith. This is coming to an end.
May your faith not be shaken. Pray with faith. Let not your position in the society be the hindrance of you going down on your knees to pray. Let not be ashamed or be blocked by unnecessary human laws.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us.