14th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22
Thus says the LORD: I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt. On that day, says the LORD, She shall call me “My husband,” and never again “My baal.” I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD.
Gospel: Mt 9:18-26
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured. When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.
TURN TO HIM IN FAITH: Faith in Jesus is an essential aspect of our life. When we turn to him in faith, he will be there to comfort us and to heal us. If only we take time to reflect and meditate on our life, we can see many miracles that he has done to us. Look with the eyes of faith is all that one requires, for Jesus said to the woman who was suffering for a long time, “Your faith has saved you”. The very fact that we are alive today is the greatest miracle. How grateful are we that we continue to enjoy all these benefits from the bounty of the Lord? In the responsorial Psalm we read that, “generations after generations praises your works… they speak of the splendor of your abundant goodness” (Psalm 145: 4-5). God’s mercy and compassion is infinite.
Prayer: Lord strengthen my faith.