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July 05, 2021

Mt 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.

Our quiet beliefs

Although this Gospel account mainly describes the miracle of Jesus bringing a synagogue leader's daughter back to life, there’s also another story – tucked within the main one – about healing a suffering woman.  This embedded story provides a glimpse of the woman’s thinking, as she speaks quietly to herself about touching Jesus’ cloak, and then Jesus responds about the healing power of faith.  

Raising the dead seems like a bigger deal than healing a sickness.  But, I think the more revealing truth is tied to the sick woman, especially in how we see the role that her belief – tucked within the words that she quietly utters – plays in her miraculous recovery.  I have recited the Nicene Creed many times in worship services, allowing everyone around me to hear what I believe.  But how often have my quieter, more tucked away, beliefs been heard by others?  Embedded within my publicly expressed beliefs are others, usually more hushed or private ones, that also compel me to action.  I suspect that Jesus especially hears these quieter, but no less moving, beliefs and – if we are anything like the sick woman – it’s these that have the power to truly save us.  

 —Bryan Sokol is a faculty member at Saint Louis University and the father of three sons (the oldest will begin attending Gonzaga University this fall).

 

Prayer

Good and gracious God, I am grateful for your compassion and generosity.  You know what’s truly in my heart.  You can hear my thoughts even before I do.  Help me to align my beliefs, especially the quieter ones deep inside me, ever more closely with your will, and allow me to also see others’ thoughts and actions with greater generosity and love.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, who has revealed your true healing power.  Amen. 

—Bryan Sokol


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July 05, 2021

Mt 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.

Our quiet beliefs

Although this Gospel account mainly describes the miracle of Jesus bringing a synagogue leader's daughter back to life, there’s also another story – tucked within the main one – about healing a suffering woman.  This embedded story provides a glimpse of the woman’s thinking, as she speaks quietly to herself about touching Jesus’ cloak, and then Jesus responds about the healing power of faith.  

Raising the dead seems like a bigger deal than healing a sickness.  But, I think the more revealing truth is tied to the sick woman, especially in how we see the role that her belief – tucked within the words that she quietly utters – plays in her miraculous recovery.  I have recited the Nicene Creed many times in worship services, allowing everyone around me to hear what I believe.  But how often have my quieter, more tucked away, beliefs been heard by others?  Embedded within my publicly expressed beliefs are others, usually more hushed or private ones, that also compel me to action.  I suspect that Jesus especially hears these quieter, but no less moving, beliefs and – if we are anything like the sick woman – it’s these that have the power to truly save us.  

 —Bryan Sokol is a faculty member at Saint Louis University and the father of three sons (the oldest will begin attending Gonzaga University this fall).

 

Prayer

Good and gracious God, I am grateful for your compassion and generosity.  You know what’s truly in my heart.  You can hear my thoughts even before I do.  Help me to align my beliefs, especially the quieter ones deep inside me, ever more closely with your will, and allow me to also see others’ thoughts and actions with greater generosity and love.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, who has revealed your true healing power.  Amen. 

—Bryan Sokol


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