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HARVEST OF JOY AND GOD’S LOVE(Mk 5:21-43; Douay-Rheims Bible)


“And when Jesus had passed again in the ship over the strait, a great multitude assembled together unto Him, and He was nigh unto the sea. And there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue named Jairus: and seeing Him, falleth down at His feet. And he besought Him much, saying: My daughter is at the point of death, come, lay Thy hand upon her, that she may be safe, and may live. And He went with him, and a great multitude followed Him, and they thronged Him. And a woman who was under an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things from many physicians; and had spent all that she had, and was nothing the better, but rather worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the crowd behind Him and touched His garment. For she said: If I shall touch but His garment, I shall be whole. And forthwith the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the evil. And immediately Jesus knowing in Himself the virtue that had proceeded from Him, turning to the multitude, said: Who hath touched My garments? And His disciples said to Him: Thou seest the multitude thronging Thee, and sayest Thou who hath touched Me? And He looked about to see her who had done this. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. And He said to her: Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole: go in peace and be thou whole of thy disease. While He was yet speaking, some come from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying: Thy daughter is dead: why dost thou trouble the master any further? But Jesus having heard the word that was spoken, saith to the ruler of the synagogue:

Fear not, only believe. And He admitted not any man to follow Him, but Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and He seeth a tumult, and people weeping and wailing much. And going in, He saith to them: Why make you this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn. But He having put them all out, taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with Him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And taking the damsel by the hand, He saith to her: Talitha cumi, which is, being interpreted: Damsel (I say to thee) arise. And immediately the damsel rose up, and walked: and she was twelve years old: and they were astonished with a great astonishment. And He charged them strictly that no man should know it: and commanded that something should be given her to eat.”

‭ My dearest beloved brethren, when Jesus realized that power had gone out of Him after the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years touched His garments, Jesus asked: “Who hath touched My garments?” At this point, Jesus already knew who touched His garments but He asked the question anyway. The woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years trembled and was clearly in fear, yet she fell before the Lord and admitted and told the Lord the whole truth. This woman didn’t hide away; she didn’t tell lies; she didn’t keep silent to hide who she was; she said the whole truth and her truthfulness was one of the virtues that saved her and healed her.

I pray Lord to grant us the Grace of being truthful and saying the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth all the time, to ourselves, to everyone around us and most importantly to God, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Your BELIEF and FAITH in God and your never ever yielding to the forces of darkness, are the SEAL that unites and bonds you with the Lord Jesus Christ and makes you have a strong relationship with Him, dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

The woman with the issue of blood said to herself: “If I shall touch but His garment, I shall be whole.” (Mk 5‬:‭28‬). That is strong faith that she has.

Then the Lord seeing that she was a truthful person said to her: “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole: go in peace and be thou whole of thy disease.” (Mk 5‬:‭34‬). Here the Lord Jesus focused on the faith the woman has.

Notice also that while one of the rulers of the Synagogue names Jairus was pleading with the Lord to come and lay His hands on her daughter who was at the point of death, to heal her, some people came from his house, and told him not to trouble the Lord any further because his daughter was already dead. Jesus heard what they told Jairus and He said to Jairus: “Fear not, only believe.” Here the Lord’s emphasis was on Belief.

Jairus believed and his dead daughter was brought back to life and healed by Jesus.

Having FAITH and BELIEVING in God are two qualities that cannot be separated. They go hand-in-hand. We need to believe in order to have faith and we need to have faith in order to believe.

I pray the Lord to grant the graces of FAITH and of BELIEF, today and every day of our lives, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!

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