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July 08, 2013

Matthew 9: 18-26

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district. New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Audacious Faith and Courage

Faith is difficult.  That is, faith requires trust.  Such trust grows beyond what we can see and touch, and thus what we can own and control.  Today’s reading expresses such trust that goes beyond human logic and concrete explanation. A question, then:   why should I offer such trust in that from which I cannot be assured of the answer that I seek, the healing that I need, the hope that I want to see fulfilled?   Such full trust and deep faith come alive in today’s readings.  The official trusts in Jesus’ ability to restore life to his daughter;  the woman trusts in Jesus’ ability to stop the hemorrhaging of that which sustains life.  In both cases, Jesus responds to their faith, that is in their trust that Jesus has the gift to restore and renew life. Our Christian faith invites us to trust more deeply in a reality we cannot even see or touch:  eternal life in God.  Though it is easy to get caught up in the personal expectations and daily demands of mortal life in this world, we are asked to trust – to have faith – in Christ’s audacious promise of life and love without end — eternal life in God. Can I trust Christ enough to hear and receive his words today:  “Courage, daughter!  Courage, son!  Your faith has saved you.”? —Fr. Glen Chun, S.J. is minister of the Loyola University Jesuit Community, Chicago, and also serves on the vocations staff for the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus

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Jesus, I feel within me a great desire to please you. But, at the same time, I feel totally incapable of doing this without your special light and help, which I can expect only from you. Accomplish your will within me even in spite of me. —St. Claude La Colombiere SJ
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July 08, 2013

Matthew 9: 18-26

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district. New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Audacious Faith and Courage

Faith is difficult.  That is, faith requires trust.  Such trust grows beyond what we can see and touch, and thus what we can own and control.  Today’s reading expresses such trust that goes beyond human logic and concrete explanation. A question, then:   why should I offer such trust in that from which I cannot be assured of the answer that I seek, the healing that I need, the hope that I want to see fulfilled?   Such full trust and deep faith come alive in today’s readings.  The official trusts in Jesus’ ability to restore life to his daughter;  the woman trusts in Jesus’ ability to stop the hemorrhaging of that which sustains life.  In both cases, Jesus responds to their faith, that is in their trust that Jesus has the gift to restore and renew life. Our Christian faith invites us to trust more deeply in a reality we cannot even see or touch:  eternal life in God.  Though it is easy to get caught up in the personal expectations and daily demands of mortal life in this world, we are asked to trust – to have faith – in Christ’s audacious promise of life and love without end — eternal life in God. Can I trust Christ enough to hear and receive his words today:  “Courage, daughter!  Courage, son!  Your faith has saved you.”? —Fr. Glen Chun, S.J. is minister of the Loyola University Jesuit Community, Chicago, and also serves on the vocations staff for the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus

Prayer

Jesus, I feel within me a great desire to please you. But, at the same time, I feel totally incapable of doing this without your special light and help, which I can expect only from you. Accomplish your will within me even in spite of me. —St. Claude La Colombiere SJ
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