July 1, 2018

“Daughter, your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”  Mk. 5:34.

In this Sunday’s Gospel there appears the figure of a woman who suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had heard about Jesus and had faith that He would cure her.  She came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak.  Immediately her flow of blood dried up and was cured.

The question that we should ask ourselves when reading this Gospel is:  How deep was the faith that that woman had?  I feel that having faith is to accept the word of that person. Perhaps that woman had heard that Jesus said:  “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Mt. 11:28.  The woman in the Gospel needed to feel welcomed and healed of many tribulations among them her disease.  For many years she had sought and spent her fortune looking for healing and peace of heart that only the Christ of hope and life can give.  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give it to you.”  Jn. 14:27.

The foreign woman was cured but she also received the miracle of feeling loved and welcomed. Jesus offered her a reason to live as a dear daughter, forgiven and redeemed by His Divine Mercy:  “Daughter, Go in peace”.

Today the Lord asks all of us to come to Him with faith through the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist.  A sacrament that gives us peace and spiritual healing.  

I do not want to end without remembering Independence Day, the day our country gained its independence on the 4th of July 1776.It is a day of thanking God as a family, for living in a country of freedom and historical Christian foundations. May God bless America!