HOMILY FOR THE 13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B
Beloved in Christ, the readings this sunday draw our attention to the themes of death and sickness. And the fact that the existence of death makes some people think that human life is pointless; nothing we do or achieve has lasting value. Therefore, I have chosen ” KEEPING THE FAITH IN TRIAL” as our theme for today.
Beloved, this is to help us acknowledge that though man goes through challenges in life; life is not pointless. We are thus invited to meet and embrace the challenges of life head on. Hence “keeping the Faith in trial ” is a call not to give up on life because of an existing difficulty but to look beyond it and see with the eyes of hope what God can do should we allow him to intervene in our lives.
My dear friend, it is clear then that this Faith transcends present suffering and future death. In this regard, no matter what we may suffer, Jesus invites us not to fear, but to rejoice and trust in him; He is willing and ever ready to break down barriers for our sake. For with Jesus,what seems incredible becomes true if only we have faith.
Beloved, it is this idea that is expressed in the story about the two women in the gospel. The daughter of Jarius is a woman of privilege. She is just 12 years old with the promise of womanhood ahead of her and she had lived in affluence since her dad was a synagogue official. And interestingly a day after her 12th birthday she would have been considered a woman.
The bleeding woman on the other hand has suffered for 12 years, her future has been ‘spent’. She is nameless and destitute with no one to speak for her. Also her pathological bleeding rendered her legally unclean and its duration had also probably prevented marriage and motherhood.
Beloved, the healing of the two women reminds us that we are to attend to the needs of the person next to us . Unfortunately, most of us today conveniently ignore the needs of the person next to us with the excuse that we are caring for the person far away. Also we are being encouraged not to feel threatened by social and cultural barriers when it comes to our salvation and in assisting the person next to us.
Beloved in Christ, today let us remember that since we cannot run away from trials, difficulties and challenges in life, we are being encouraged to hold on to our faith in Jesus as our consolation and joy.
Beloved, this has been a Fr. Dolphyne presentation for www.dolphyne14.WordPress.com as we celebrate the 13th sunday in ordinary time year b .
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