Monday, February 02, 2015



St. Blasé, Bishop and Martyr
Heb 12: 1-4 / Mk 5:21-43
[St. Blasé (d. 316), Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, was martyred under Licinius. Many cures were attributed to him; there is a special blessing of throats on this day.]

Reading: Heb 12: 1-4
     What a cloud of innumerable witnesses surround us! So let us be rid of every encumbrance, and especially of sin, to persevere in running the race marked out before us.
     Let us look to Jesus the founder of our faith, who will bring it to completion. For the sake of the joy reserved for him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and then sat at the right of the throne of God. Think of Jesus who suffered so many contradictions from evil people, and you will not be discouraged or grow weary. Have you already shed your blood in the struggle against sin?

Gospel: Mk 5: 21-43
     Jesus then crossed to the other side of the lake and while he was still on the shore, a large crowd gathered around him. Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came up and seeing Jesus, threw himself at his feet and asked him earnestly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live."
     Jesus went with him and many people followed, pressing from every side. Among the crowd was a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a lot at the hands of many doctors and had spent everything she had, but instead of getting better, she was worse. Since she had heard about Jesus, this woman came up behind him and touched his cloak thinking, "If I just touch his clothing, I shall get well." Her flow of blood dried up at once, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her complaint.
     But Jesus was conscious that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" His disciples answered, "You see how the people are crowding around you. Why do you ask who touched you?" But he kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, aware of what had happened, came forward trembling and afraid. She knelt before him and told him the whole truth.
     Then Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace and be free of this illness."
     While Jesus was still speaking, some people arrived from the official's house to inform him, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Master any further?" But Jesus ignored what they said and told the official, "Do not fear, just believe." And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James and John, the brother of James.
     When they arrived at the house, Jesus saw a great commotion with people weeping and wailing loudly. Jesus entered and said to them, "Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep."
     They laughed at him. But Jesus sent them outside and went with the child's father and mother and his companions into the room where the child lay. Taking her by the hand, he said to her, "Talitha kumi!" which means: "Little girl, get up!"
     The girl got up at once and began to walk around. (She was twelve years old.) The parents were astonished, greatly astonished. Jesus strictly ordered them not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

     There was quite a sizeable crowd that came to see Jesus that day. Many were sick and gathered around him to be healed. And here was one desperate woman who sought healing, even by just touching the edge of Jesus' garment. When you think about it, it would take a great deal of faith for that to happen. In our world today, we see many people of faith suffering from physical illness, constantly praying for healing. Their faith may even be greater than those who sought out Jesus that day. Yet, why are these people not healed?
     When we pray to Jesus for healing and we do get healed, we may call it a miracle. Oftentimes though, the healing that we receive from Jesus is not physical, but rather a spiritual one. Spiritual healing does not remove our physical afflictions; but it allows us to accept the pain and suffering as only temporary, and part of God's greater plan. Through the grace of Jesus, we learn to accept our situation, and offer it up to God.
     Are you also suffering right now? Can you remain faithful, even through hardship and trial? Offer up your suffering to God.




Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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