Faith in the shadow of death
July 09, 2018 Monday,
14th Week in
1st Reading: Ho 2:16-22
Gospel: Mt 9:18–26
While Jesus was speaking, an official of the synagogue came up to him, bowed before him and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and place your hands on her, and she will live.” Jesus stood up and followed him with his disciples.Then a woman who had suffered from a severe bleeding for twelve years came up from behind and touched the edge of his cloak. For she thought, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned, saw her and said, “Courage, my daughter, your faith has saved you.” And from that moment the woman was cured.When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute pla-yers and the excited crowd, he said, “Get out of here! The girl is not dead. She is only sleeping!” And they laughed at him. But once the crowd had been turned out, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up. The news of this spread through the whole area.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
In his “Sermons”, Saint Augustine wrote: “Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe!” This statement comes alive in the story of Jairus, an official in the Synagogue of Capernaum.
Jairus left his daughter unconscious at home as he embarked on a mission of taking Jesus to their house to bring her back to life. When he got Jesus’ commitment, and realizing he had no time to waste, they hurried back to the house. Then a woman stole the show. She had been bleeding for twelve years and she badly needed a cure. She touched the edge of Jesus’ cloak and in an instant she got what she wanted. Perhaps she did not really intend to steal the show, which is why she just surreptitiously touched Jesus’ clothing. But this did not escape Jesus’ attention, for he felt that power came out of him at that moment. The journey to Jairus’ house was interrup-ted, but it was a welcome interruption. The miracle the woman experienced was a boost to Jairus’ faith that Jesus could bring his daughter back to life.
Arriving at the house, Jairus found the situation not as inspiring as what happened while they were on their way. People were crying because the child was already dead. There were no signs of hope in their faces. Against this background of hopelessness Jesus showed his mighty power over death. Jairus deserved it. The miracle that happened before his very eyes came as a reward for keeping the faith. Rightly did Saint Augustine write in his Sermons: “Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe!” – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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