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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 4, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 12:1-4
Psalm 22:26-28,30-32
Mark 5:21-43


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Daughter, your faith has saved you." (Mark 5:34)

Today's readings continue on the theme of God's gift to us - of faith, a gift that when accepted and used in keeping with God's will and purposes, brings us great blessings. We are to look to Jesus, the author of our faith, to guide and strengthen it. Recalling His agony in the garden, we see that His human faith enabled Him to accept "the cup" His Father gave Him to drink, the cross. By yielding, through faith, to God's will, He was glorified; His sacrifice for our sake now extends His glory to us in eternal life.

Mark's Gospel illustrates the rewards of our exercising this gift. Jarius seeks healing for his dying daughter, and while mourners scoffed at Christ having power over death, the parents stood firm in their belief that Jesus could accomplish miracles. And so they obtained their hearts' desire, the return of their child to life. A second touching aspect of this reading is Christ's healing of a woman ostracized as unclean because she had long been plagued by an issue of blood. She had spent all she had on useless treatments. So, fearfully and in desperation, she risked going in public, seeking only to touch Christ's garment, certain of a cure. Here again, faith was rewarded.

Christ is God's living Word; when He speaks, His Word has the power to bring into being all that He wills. Jesus, then, is the very source of life; indeed all that exists came through God's Word, and all that He wills is perfect. We cannot fathom God's mind to understand why some prayers are answered as we desire and others not. It is faith strengthened by our growing knowledge of Christ through prayer that enables us to accept His will, certain that it always serves a higher good which we cannot now perceive.

Blessed Word of God,
we beseech You to increasingly reveal Yourself to us in prayer,
through Scripture and Your Sacraments,
that our faith may never fail.
Amen.


- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/



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