Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 28 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today in the Gospel, Jesus said to the dead child, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!" (Mark 5:41) God created life, and always works to restore it to fullness. Jesus' mission was to revive us from both spiritual and physical death.
The readings for this Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time fit so well with this theme. They remind us that God created us for happiness, freedom, and life to the full; "God did not make death, nor does He rejoice in the destruction of the living," the Book of Wisdom declares. So, then, who did invent death? Satan the Destroyer! All who submit to his rule will experience death!
How, then, do we escape death? Through clinging with all our strength and will to the commandments of God, and the teaching of His Son, Jesus. In the second reading, we find the key to life in the letting go of self, and sharing generously of all that we have and are with the "have nots" in our midst. When the Israelites in the desert did not share the manna that God sent, it rotted away.
The Gospel today gives us two stories, one of which is sandwiched inside the first. The "outside" narrates the healing of a prominent Jew's daughter. Jairus falls before Jesus, acknowledging His power to heal, and begs Jesus to come to his house, where his twelve-year-old daughter is on the point of death. Jesus goes immediately with Jairus, a large crowd following.
Now comes the "story within a story." A poor woman, who has exhausted all her money on doctors, none of whom can cure her from her serious illness, sees Jesus coming, and quickly comes up behind Jesus. Here, it's important to know that she is legally "unclean," and therefore cannot touch anyone. Nevertheless, she reaches out and touches Jesus' cloak. Both she and Jesus know that healing power has gone forth. Jesus turns around, inquiring who is the one who has 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.
God is the Creator, the Source of life. Wherever there is "death," either through sin, disease, or distress of any kind, He brings new life, and even greater joy than we had before.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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