Monday, January 30, 2017


TUESDAY, 4TH Week in Ordinary Time

January 31, 2017 - TUESDAY, 4TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Bosco, Priest and Religious Founder
Memorial, White

Heb 12: 1 - 4 / Mk 5: 21 – 43

     In 1859 St. John Bosco (1815 - 1888) founded the Salesian Society for the betterment and education of poor children and disadvantaged youth, named in honor of St. Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622) and in 1871, with St. Maria Domenica Mazarello (1837 - 1881), the Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters).

     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 are two cures in the Gospel reading: first of the woman who has had a hemorrhage for years and was cured by her merely touching the cloak of Jesus and second of the raising from the dead of the twelve-year old daughter of Jairus.

     In both cures Jesus responds to the faith of those in need: to the woman with blood hemorrhage, "Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace and be free of this illness," and to Jairus, "Do not fear. Just believe."

     We pray that the Lord may strengthen our faith in him and in his love and care for us.




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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