Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-242 Cor 8:7. 9, 13-15Mark 5:21-43
In today’s gospel we find a story which includes two healings. Jesus is always moved to compassion when he encounters suffering – he offers life and healing. Jesus is moved when people believe in him, believe that God cares. In fact someone’s faith always moves Jesus to action. Jairus pleads for his daughter, and the woman with the flow of blood does not even ask, but believes that if she touches his garment she will be healed. They approach the Healer.
Fr. Jude Siciliano, OP, in one of his commentaries talked about a spiritual phenomenon described in the East called "waking up": “We go through our busy lives running from one activity to another. … Eventually, something interrupts this deadening routine. Up until this event happens we are not yet ‘awake.’ We were looking elsewhere, at what we thought made our lives ‘interesting,’ ‘exciting,’ ‘relevant’ and ‘important.’ But something happens to us and we see now that we have been sleepwalking. What happened to Jairus' daughter can happen to us, we can wake from a deadly sleep. Someone has reached out a gracious hand and raised us up. Resurrection has happened here, in this life, for us. The crisis we experienced has proven to be a wake-up call. We are ‘saved’ and enabled to see more clearly our current situation and Who it is that is offering us life.”
Each of us probably experiences major and minor miracles in our lives – have any of them caused us to “wake up?” Each of these moments is a blessing, a call to new life, to new beginning and to Resurrection.
Maybe there are stages to “waking up.” Being roused might only be the first stage. But what happens next? How do we respond to what initiated a change in us? Was it a new vision, a new way of seeing things? A new way of being, freed of certain restrictions? Or does it call us to more, to the next step? If indeed our heart is changed, nothing can be the same… And if, after a while, we are still the same, have we failed to respond to the miracle we were given? Indeed, receiving a miracle should really be a challenge….
In today’s reading from Wisdom we hear, “God did not make death… he fashioned all things that they might have being.” Indeed, life (and new life) is what our God wishes for each of us. We pray that all the blessings we have received will lead us to awakenings, and to a fuller life of faith and trust in the God who desires so much more for our lives than we could ever imagine….
-Sr. Corinne Yarborough
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