July 7, 2014

The Gospel Today

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 9:18-26

While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said,
“My daughter has just died.
But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house
and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed him.
When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand,
and the little girl arose.
And news of this spread throughout all that land.

Reflection (Sem. Rolly Teng):

In today’s Gospel we heard two different stories of how Jesus preformed miracles on them. The first one was the woman who suffered for twelve years because of her severe bleeding. When she saw and heard that Jesus was passing by, she tried her best to touch Jesus in order to be healed. True enough, because of her deep faith, she was healed immediately when she touched the cloak of Jesus.

The second one was the daughter of the official. People thought that the girl was dead already but Jesus insisted that she was just sleeping. Jesus did not listen to the laughter’s of people there, it was very clear to Jesus that He wanted to see and ask the girl to wake up. So, what Jesus did was He took the girl by the hand, and she stood up and the girl’s life was restored because of Jesus’ love.

In today’s Gospel it is very obvious that there are two stories that happened. But let us try to see what is common between the two stories and how the healing was made possible.

We can see here that the healing touch of Jesus and the deep faith that they have in Him were the reasons why the miracles were performed well. The sense of touch of Jesus plays an important role in any healing process for all of us. We can have this power of touch through the people around us. Most of the time when we feel down, Jesus will send somebody or someone to touch us in order for us to be healed. Sometimes just a simple tap on our shoulder and a simple hug will help us a lot in our own healing process. Every now and then we have our parents, our siblings, friends and love ones in our life who would always give and show their support to us. Their presence makes a difference in our life. In the Gospel, the very presence of Jesus was important, so that healing would take place in their lives.

Today let us allow Jesus, especially through others, to always touch our lives so that we can experience healing.  Later on we realize that we can easily follow the footsteps of Jesus who is very simple in all aspect of His ministry here on earth. In our own little way, we pray for our friends and relatives to touch our lives so that we can give glory and honor to our God, who is in heaven and on earth.

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