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Homily - June 30, 2024

13th. Sunday in Ordinary Time (year B).

June 30, 2024 Wisd. 1:13-15,2:23-24; 2Cor.8:7-9,13-15; Mark 5:25-34.

In faith, the woman said: "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well." As Catholic Christians, do we approach the Lord Jesus with expectant faith or with skeptical doubt? Scripture teaches us that, many people in desperate or helpless circumstances were not disappointed when they sought Jesus out.

Life Message: What drew them to Jesus? Was it hope for a miracle or a word of comfort in their affliction? What did the elderly woman who had suffered miserably with hemorrhage, for twelve years expect Jesus to do for her? Where there seemed to be no human cause for it, Jesus spoke words of hope to the woman to ignite the spark of faith in her: “…Take heart, daughter, your faith has made you well!”. Thus, through the afflicted women's being healed her faith was made manifest.

Conclusion: In both instances (the ailing old lady, and Jarius, the Synagogue Official), we see Jesus' personal concern for the needs of others and his readiness to heal and restore life. In Jesus we see the infinite love of God extending to each and every individual as he gives freely and wholly of himself to each person he meets.

Do you approach the Lord with confident expectation that he will hear your request and act? In desperate situations, like the old lady, let’s say with faith: "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well."

PRAYER: Father, you love each of us individually with a unique and personal love. Touch my life with your saving power, heal and restore me to fullness of life. Help me to give wholly of myself in loving service to others. In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray. AMEN!!!


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