Posted by: frburke23 | July 8, 2018

MONDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME (JULY 9, 2018)

MONDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME (JULY 9, 2018)
 
MATTHEW 9:18-26
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said,
“My daughter has just died.
But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
And from that hour the woman was cured.
 
When Jesus arrived at the official’s house
and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed him.
When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand,
and the little girl arose.
And news of this spread throughout all that land.
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Scripture Challenge – Joshua, chapters 22-24.
 
The woman had been suffering hemorrhages for over twelve years. She had gone to every doctor she could find and no one could help her. She had exhausted her resources completely. Because she was bleeding, she was considered “unclean”. Everything she touched was unclean. She could not participate in the temple worship nor any part of society. She was an outcast.
 
That brings us to this dramatic scene. According to Jewish law, whoever she touched would also be unclean. She approached Jesus with fear and trembling. Something inside of her told her that He was the One that could cure her. She was risking everything. She would make Jesus unclean. She would be ridiculed for touching Him. Yet her faith urged her on – there was no one else that she could turn to for help.
 
And she was healed immediately.
 
Jesus was not made unclean, but she was made clean. Her faith saved her. Her risky move paid off. She had come to a point where she had nowhere else to turn but to Jesus and He healed her. This is like the 12-step process of Alcoholics Anonymous. The first step toward healing is to realize you have a problem and you can’t fix it on your own. Only God can heal you.
 
We too come to a point in our lives (some call it the “classroom of dependence”) in which we realize we have a problem, that we are sinners. We also must realize we can’t fix it on our own. We can’t reach heaven on our own. We need a savior. We need Jesus.
 
When we come to this realization that we need Jesus and we turn to Him in faith, then miracles start to happen. We find healing from old wounds. Our hearts are made whole. In our weakness we are made strong by His grace.
 
Sometimes we too look everywhere else but to Jesus for healing and help. We try every doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc. And I’m not saying that these professions are bad – not at all. In fact, they are given gifts by God for healing. But we must begin with the Divine Physician and turn to Him in our need. Even many doctors recognize the fact that science can only go so far. When my Dad was pronounced cancer-free, his doctor looked at me and said, “Whoever you are praying to, keep doing it. This doesn’t always turn out so good.”
 
Lord Jesus, heal my soul. I turn to you today because I have nowhere else to turn. “Lord, to whom else shall we go?” Help me not to rely on myself but to rely completely on you. Transform my heart. Help me to place my faith and trust in you. I want to desire what you desire for me. I want to live only for you.
 
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
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