Homily(2)13th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B: Fr. Michael U Udoekpo
Readings: Wis 1:13-15;2:23-34; Ps30:2,4,5-6,11-13; 2 Cor 8:7,9,13-15; Mark 5:21-43
The Lord is Our Rescuer
In the responsorial Psalm of today, “I will praise you , Lord, for you are have rescued me” (Ps 30.2a) lies the historical essence of our relationship with God. In history God remains our savior, our rescuer, our healer who deserves our praise.
In the Gospel of Mark, today, God’s Son, Jesus not only ministers to the multitude(oxlos), in the neighborhood of the sea of Galilee, but he rescued many people from illnesses, including Jairius daughter, and the woman who was afflicted with hemorrhages for a complete 12 years. To the 12 year girls, the dying daughter of the synagogue official, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” meaning “little girl, I say to you arise!” She arose to the amazement of the on-lookers, and walked. To the woman afflicted for 12 years with hermorrhage, he said, “daughter your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction. In each of these healing episodes, faith is involved in the part of those rescued from death and illnesses.
The writer of the 1st reading, Book of Wisdom trustingly affirmed that our “God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being, and the creature of the world are wholesome.”
Saint Paul also attested to this graciousness of God in the 2nd reading, that, though Christ was rich, for our sake he become poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich (2 Cor 8:7,8,9,13-15). He went to the cross that we might have life.
Evidently, there moments today that we find ourselves in the situation of synagogue official of today’s Gospel. Sicknesses are not limited to the materially poor. Children and relatives of the synagogue, church and government officials do fall sick. Even though, we can afford to take our relatives to expensive and specialist hospital, abroad, do we have faith. Do we realized that there are illnesses that money, positions and the best hospitals in the world cannot not cure? The synagogue official of today’s gospel seemed to be aware of this fact. I want to believe, the more reason he came to Jesus for the healing of his 12 years old daughter. Interestingly, the other woman , for good twelve symbolic years , perhaps had travelled everywhere, for a very long time, but found no healing until she touched Jesus’s cloak with faith.
In our today’s desperate moments of loneliness, wars and threats of wars, terrorism, and threats of terrorism , gun violent and threats of gun violent, poverty, oppression, injustices, illnesses, and loss of a loved ones, may we imitate with gratitude to God, the centurion and the sick woman of today’s Bible readings.