THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B.
1st July 2018.
Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24; 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15; Mark 5:21-43.
The thirteenth Sunday present the stories of healing – Jairus daughter and the bleeding woman. The emphasis of faith is seen in both healing. They got their healing through faith. In the case of Jairus, he was praying for the healing of his daughter, while to the bleeding woman, she prayed for herself. Both signify the balancing of faith. Through faith, we can pray for ourselves and for others.
The bleeding woman said to herself; If I can touch even his clothes, I shall be well again. And when she did, it was a touch distinct from all touches experienced by jesus Christ amidst the crowd around him. Jesus Christ felt the touch of the woman’s faith. She was healed because of her faith.
Jairus was pleading with Jesus Christ to heal his daughter. She was confirmed dead before Jesus’ arrival at his home. However, Jesus Christ felt his faith such that he was invited alongside the disciples to witness the healing.
In the second reading, St. Paul writes about balancing of surplus. According to him, ‘it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need…’ the gift of faith is communal and not personal. We share our faith in other to balance the surplus gifts from God. This is the advantage of belong to a faith community. We can benefit from each other’s faith when we experience a lack of faith.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.