13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
29 Jun 2018

The Gospel portrays an example of the healing power of Christ in an uncommonly moving scene. Jairus, a respected synagogue official, has a little daughter who is seriously ill, to the point of death. In desperation he seeks out Jesus and begs him to come to his house, to lay his hands on his daughter and cure her. Jesus responds without hesitation, but on the way news comes that the little girl is dead. To continue further would be useless, but with the calm authority Jesus calls for faith and proceeds to the house. In the quiet of the sick room, speaking just two words, he restores the child to full health. All of us are called to represent God by Christ-like actions and nobody can be excused from caring because our vocation is to be healers. When a friend of ours is terminally ill, medical knowledge and skill together can not make them well again. What they need more than anything else in this situation, is that the love of God be made real for them, through the actual experience of care and concern shown by the people around them. Just by being there, even though we are powerless, we can make faith in God real for them, for we are following the Lord in his compassion. In this Eucharist we have received the richness of God’s blessings and now we are asked to go out and share that same richness with others.