Sunday, July 07, 2019


MONDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time

July 8, 2019 – MONDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time

Gn 28: 10 – 22 / Mt 9: 18 – 26

FROM THE 1ST READING: Gn 28: 20 – 22
Then Jacob made a vow, "If Yahweh will be with me and keep me safe during this journey I am making, if he gives me bread to eat and clothes to wear, and if I return in peace to my father's house, then Yahweh will be my God. This stone which I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me, I will give back a tenth."

GOSPEL READING: Mt 9: 18 – 26
While Jesus was speaking to them, 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 players and the excited crowds, 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 spread through the whole area.

The Gospel reading narrates two miracles of Jesus: the cure of the woman with the severe bleeding merely by her touching the cloak of Jesus and the bringing back to life of the young daughter of the synagogue official. Is our faith ever as strong as the woman who believed that by merely touching the cloak of Jesus she would be cured? And she was cured.

In the first reading we hear Jacob making a vow to God, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac

Our faith in God is tested in difficult times, in unexpected tragedies, when we have great disasters in nature, when we see disease and unexpected deaths. We do not understand why. And yet we know God does not cause evil things to happen; he allows evil things to happen.

We may not have the strong faith of the woman with the severe bleeding or of the synagogue official who believed that Jesus could bring her daughter back to life. Let us pray that God would give us such strong faith.

There is a song which goes, "There can be miracles when you believe; though hope is frail, it is hard to kill. Who knows what miracles you can achieve when you believe that somehow you will? You will when you believe."


Have a good day!

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