13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 27, 2021
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
For St. Mark, Jairus and the unnamed woman in today’s Gospel are models of faith. Both place their hope in the love of God – a God who is Father for us, his sons and daughters, a God whose love restores and heals and lifts us up – and that the love of God is revealed in their midst.
Why does St. Mark combine these two healings in his Gospel so that they are read together? One reason is that they both involve women who have physical ailments. The girl is healed because of the faith of her parents, and the woman is healed because of her own faith. Notice Jesus’ method of healing. When Jairus makes his plea, he asks Jesus to lay his hands on his daughter, and when Jesus heals her, he takes her by the hand, and he proclaims by voice that she should arise. This healing is completely out of the girl’s control. In the woman’s case the opposite is true, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Jesus does not touch her. When he realizes her action, Jesus praises her faith and attributes her healing not only to his power but also to the boldness of her own faith.
Jesus repeats the importance of faith. He commends the woman’s faith. When the people tell Jairus that his daughter has died, Jesus tells him, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” These stories reveal Jesus’ power. They also show us what actions his followers must take.
We learn today about the power of faith to overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. Jesus shows us the life and hope we can bring to the world through the wisdom of God and the goodness everyone possesses. Do you trust in God? What needs to be healed in your life? How do we help others grow in their faith?
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len