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  • Fr. Tarcisio

XIII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Reflection of the Word of God.


"God did not make death, nor does he delight in the destruction of the living."

This opening sentence of the first reading summarizes the message of this Sunday. The God in whom we believe wants us alive, he wants us happy, he wants us healthy. Like a father who loves his children, and does not want to see them suffer, this is how God wants to be recognized. And in the same way Jesus acts in favor of life, in the text of Saint Mark, where he performs two miracles in favor of two women. The first for a woman considered impure because of her bleeding that she had suffered for twelve years. The other in favor of a twelve-year-old girl, recently deceased. The first desperately seeks Jesus' help for herself, she is fighting for her life. The second is her father who pleads for Jesus' help. Despite the age difference, there is something they have in common and this is the Faith that makes the miracle possible.

Jesus is not indifferent to the pain and shame felt by the woman discovered in public for having touched him, seeking his cure in secret ... Nor is he indifferent to the pleas of Jairus, who, in addition, is leader of the synagogue ... And when everything seems lost, we find these phrases full of consolation: “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”. And to Jairo: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

What can we learn from these two miracles? Who do we turn to in times of difficulty? Who do we put our trust in? Is our faith strong enough to sustain us in the midst of life's trials?

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