Last weekend was the last weekend of the 2014/2015 season for our adult and children’s choirs. We would like to thank them for the many hours of preparation and prayer that have gone into enhancing our liturgies with the gift of music. We pray that they will enjoy a well-earned summer “break” – a time for reflection and refreshment so that they may return to serve our collabortive parishes with renewed eagerness in September. Thank you all!
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mark 5:21-43
It is important to note that there is a passage that we do not hear in our regular cycle of Mark’s Gospel. Between the “Storm of the Sea” and this week’s two-fold healing, we find Jesus healing the man possessed with unclean spirit. In this possession story the spirit calls itself “Legion,” meaning some thousands of unclean spirits who have taken the man. Jesus exercises great power and command of what is unclean. Jesus does not need to assemble His armed regiment to battle the opposing evil regiment. Jesus himself, the God made Man, battles against evil and all its so-called power, with just Himself. Remember last week Jesus commands the violence of the storm “Be quiet, be still,” with the sane divine power, in this passage, He commands the evil regiment, “Come out of the man.” It is at the very voice of Jesus that His Divine Authority heals what seems lost. Jesus power and love over weakness and evil bring true healing to every believer. . . . After calming the storm, where Jesus confronted the fear and faith of the apostles, we move to the other side of the sea. Jesus is traveling with the Apostles contained in a simple boat, it is a vessel where He has them together with Him so He can direct, teach and heal. On this journey, Jesus is revealing the Father’s love, while He confronts those places where faith and weakness collide. Today the Apostles and each of us will see faith, which is strong, clear, real and open to salvation in the boat that symbolizes the Church.. . .It is important to remember that Jesus has the power and authority to heal all those who come to Him. The woman who has suffered greatly has strong faith and believes that if she touches Jesus she will be healed. Jesus calls her “daughter.” It is the beautiful faith of this woman, which brings about her healing. . . . Jairus has faith that has brought him on a journey to meet Jesus.. . .He intercedes for his little girl and his faith and desire for the healing of the one he loves brings about her rising. “Little girl I say to you, arise!” Divine healing is found in the presence and voice of Jesus, God made flesh, that bring about the gift of healing that they receive. For both they bear witness that Jesus enlightens, heals and saves now but completely in the Resurrection on the last day. . . .May the Lord help us to live as children of the light, never afraid to come to the Lord seeking His healing and the transforming power of His love. Make us new, O Lord, so that our fear and doubt is vanquished and your light can heal us. In His love, Fr. Sean
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