Sunday 28th June – 13th Sunday of the year
Reflection: Mark 5: 21-43
CAN YOU HOLD ON?
St Theresa of Avila says that “all difficulties in prayer have just one cause: praying as though God were not there”. Beloved in Christ, this is one of the greatest tests of faith which we experience in our lives. Sometimes, God seems silent and our waiting on him appears prolonged. This period is never pleasurable. Yet, it is a period reserved for those who truly believe in God and have experienced his mighty deeds. This is the wisdom of waiting on God.
In today’s reading, Jairus’ walk with Jesus when he came seeking for help was truly a walk of endurance. Even though he was a man of faith and a great intercessor for his ill child, he encountered a situation which stretched his faith even further. He watched the woman with the issue of blood receive her healing while his own request remained pending. Do we not often face similar situations today? We see others give testimony of the power of God while ours is not forthcoming. Jairus was silent and even in the face of bad news from his messengers, he watched Jesus do exactly what he believed and trusted him for. Can we hold on for Jesus just like Jauirus did?
Beloved in Christ, Jesus is tell us today; “Do not be afraid, only believe” (Mk 5:36). Our endurance in hope must carry us all the way to the end without failing, so that we can be made complete and perfect. (James 1:4). Patience in prayer would only become a wellspring of faith in our lives if it rejoices in the perfection of others and still holds tightly to what God is capable of doing. Nothing is impossible for God. Tears may flow in the night but joy will come at dawn. Let us be courageous then as we trust and wait on God for his unfailing help.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to trust in your designs for my life. May my faith in you continue to grow by your grace. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 507 – What happens if you find that prayer does not help?
Prayer does not seek superficial success but rather the will of God and intimacy with him. God’s apparent silence is itself an invitation to take a step farther—in total devotion, boundless faith, endless expectation. Anyone who prays must allow God the complete freedom to speak whenever he wants, to grant whatever he wants, and to give himself however he wants.
HIDE A TREASURE: “I wait patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry” Psalm 40:1 GNB
Today’s Readings: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Psalm 30: 2-6, 11-13; 2Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43