Monday, July 6, 2015

Have faith: Daily Mass Homily--July 6th, 2015

(Listen to this homily here).

            We heard the same account of the Gospel today—although it was from Mark, not Matthew—a couple of Sundays ago.  This is kind of a sandwich report—first the troubles with Jairus’ daughter, then the woman, then back to the little girl.  Then I preached on the incredible miracle of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead.  Today I would like to focus on the woman who was healed from hemorrhages.
            Imagine the faith of this woman!  She had spent twelve years suffering, in pain and with no solution.  She thought to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”  And she was.  In Mark’s narrative, Jesus knew that power had left him and he asked who touched him.  In fear the woman fessed up.  Jesus’ response affirmed how she was cured: “Courage, daughter!  Your faith has saved you.”
            In another place in the Scriptures, a father intercedes for his possessed son.  As part of his plea this man says, “…if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.”  I love Jesus’ response: “If you can!  All things are possible to him who believes.”  It’s almost like Jesus is saying, “Do you know who I am?  I am God!  I can do anything!”
            Jesus could not help but healing the woman.  Jesus cannot help but answering our prayers.  But we have to approach him with faith!
            At Mass this morning, and throughout this day God has given us, let’s faithfully bring our prayers to Jesus.  Let’s be intercessors for those who need to touch the cloak of Christ, for he promises he will answer our prayers

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