13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Jun 30th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

We return to St. Mark’s Gospel and rejoin the Lord Jesus in the midst of His ministry. People from the surrounding region have heard of His healing powers and all were clamoring for Jesus to listen to their pleas and heal them of their many illnesses. In each of these stories that recount the miracles of Jesus, we witness a three-fold process of: a request from an individual, Jesus responding to their questions “What is it that you seek?’, then Jesus granting their request with the admonition to go in faith but remain quiet about their healing.

Prior to our encounter today, we witness Jesus having just rebuked the wind and the sea responding to his disciples fear, and once embarking on the shore encountering the synagogue official, Jairus, who is overcome with grief with the drastic situation concerning his daughter. Again, the three-fold process: Jairus making the request; Jesus responding, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith’, with the familiar miraculous outcome of Jairus’ daughter being “awakened”; telling those around Him “strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.” (5:42ff.)

As with the other miracles that Jesus performs, we never hear about Jairus or his daughter again. We do know, however, that they remained anything but quiet. Their joy radiated throughout the land. God had truly touched their lives; He had answered their prayers.
Our message today is a reminder to each of us to recognize that the Lord Jesus is always present and working in our lives. We, so often only seek His help when we are in need. Yet, He is already present with us and already knows our needs before we have words that echo those needs!

Let us be challenged this day to always pray, always acknowledge the workings of God in our lives, giving thanks always for His steadfast love. Let us remember that God is with us in both good times and in those difficult situations in our lives. Just remember:
“Do not be afraid; only have faith.”

God Bless,
Fr. John