Jun 272012

By Fr. Andrew Kelly
The two stories in Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 5:21-43) are the stories of every believer within the community.  At some point each believer approached or touched the risen Jesus with a faith-filled request and need for healing and salvation:
“My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live… If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”
Believers know well the helplessness expressed by the pleas for healing and salvation.  Before believers believed they were just as desperate as Jaruis and the hemorrhaging woman.
Every Sunday through Word, body and blood the risen Jesus speaks to, touches, heals and renews the believing community.  The community with profound faith experiences anew the healing and saving story of its conversion.
The risen Jesus proclaims:  ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease…‘Do not fear, only believe…’ ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’
The risen Jesus takes the community by the hand: “And immediately the girl got up and began to walk.”  The risen Jesus then gives the community “…something to eat.”
(Father Andrew Kelly is a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport.)

Scripture Readings for July 1-8
Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24
2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15
Mk 5:21-43 or  Mk 5:21-24, 35b-43
Am 2:6-10, 13-16
Mt 8:18-22
Eph 2:19-22
Jn 20:24-29
Am 5:14-15, 21-24
Mt 8:28-34
Am 7:10-17
Mt 9:1-8
Am 8:4-6, 9-12
Mt 9:9-13
Am 9:11-15
Mt 9:14-17
Ez 2:2-5
2 Cor 12:7-10
Mk 6:1-6

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