Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the day: RB 7:31-33
Mass: 2 Samuel 18: 9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30-19:3; Resp. Psalm 86; Mark 5:21-43

If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.

I think about the woman who had been suffering with hemorrhages for twelve years. The NRSV paints a bleak picture: ‘She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather worse’ (Mk 5:26).  Our nameless friend, a woman spent in mind and body. What would you do if in her position? Thankfully, I’ve never been there. Would my faith be as strong. Hearing about Jesus was enough for her. She simply, albeit courageously, goes to Jesus and touches his cloak—a mere brush of the Master’s garment. Immediately, the hemorrhage stopped. She felt in her body that she was healed. 

In the body, I repeat, and through the body,
[Jesus] performed wonderful deeds with an authority that was obvious.
He proclaimed the message of salvation and endured outrage, thus clearly demonstrating that he it was whose invisible power created the world, 
whose wisdom governed it, and whose benevolence protected it.
(Bernard of Clairvaux, Song of Songs, Sermon 6, 3)


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