Daily Reflection for Tuesday, February 01, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30–19:3
Responsorial: Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” Mark 5:34
My faith-filled friends encourage me and share that they are praying for one of my loved ones suffering from addiction and mental stress issues. It is not that I lack faith or don't pray for them; it is just so wonderful and uplifting that someone from our community would take the time to pray a Rosary for one of my loved ones. Their gift is a source of comfort and healing for our family.
In today's Gospel, Mark tells us of two faith healings. The first story is of the hemorrhaging woman who had such a strong faith that she touched Jesus and drew the healing power of God from him. Jesus's response, "Daughter, your faith has saved you," is the lesson Mark is teaching us.
In the second story of Jairus and his daughter, Jairus was twice confronted with naysayers, first before they got to his house and second by the mourners inside his home. However, Jairus was encouraged by Jesus to keep his faith and witnessed the healing resurrection of his daughter. Our lesson from Jairus is for us to keep the faith.
What a great gift faith is to us. In faith, we receive comfort, healing, and grace.
Let us pray: LORD strengthen our faith, so we know that with you everything is possible.
Peace and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea