Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Just Have Faith
Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24/ 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15 / Mk 5:21-43
Today’s Gospel presents two scenarios which allow Jesus to make one very important point: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” The first scenario depicts Jairus, pleading with Jesus to lay His hands on his dying daughter so that she might be healed. The second scenario describes a hemorrhaging woman who reaches out and touches Jesus’ garment, sure of His ability to heal. Both scenarios end with healing because the recipients had faith that Jesus could and would provide. So what about you and I? Most of us would claim that our faith is unshakable, but most of us have never been as desperate as Jairus or the hemorrhaging woman. We have freely given our FIAT, but in times of trial may also need to hear Jesus reminder: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” Whether you need spiritual, emotional, or physical healing, reach out in faith and trust Jesus to provide.