The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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4th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Tue, 01/30/2018
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Will the wonders of Jesus never cease?
Even in the most hopeless of cases he comes through, he brings life,
he restores what has been lost.
He has power even over death.
He is willing to use it for the least, the helpless among the people: the unclean, a child.
Jesus has come not just to teach the ways of God.  He has come to show the power of God.
God can act, and is willing to do so, in ways beyond human possibility.
Both Jairus and the woman with hemorrhages are in desperate need of help:  Jesus provides.
The future looks bleak for both of them:  Jesus provides.
 
The common thread in both stories is faith.  The woman approaches Jesus in faith.
And even has he hears his daughter has died, Jesus encourages Jairus to “just have faith”.
 
What does this mean?   Both stories express the same thing….
they show that something new is taking place through Jesus Christ.
He possess a power never thought possible and this power is available to women and children.
God’s concern extends beyond the affairs of men, beyond the affairs of males.
The needs of women and children are just as important.
Jesus equalizes the playing field, so to speak.
For some, I’m sure this created a stumbling block.
Some would have said in response “Jesus healed a Gentile, a non-believer.
And now a woman and child.  What’s the world coming to?”
 
Faith applies equally to all.  It is an inner reality not limited by a person’s outer appearance.
Faith is an impulse.  An inner force that leads to outer action.
It is a driving force that pushes a person onward….maybe beyond fear and into the unknown…
but closer to some good outcome.
Sometimes faith can be felt, like an emotion.
But other times its more like a thought.  Sometimes it is having knowledge.
As a matter of fact, faith without knowledge edges toward foolishness.
The extent of Jesus’ power is founded on his prior activity.
Jairus and the woman seek Jesus out, not on a whim, but based on his reputation,
based on what people have already seen him do.
Crowds of people are following Jesus because of what they’ve heard and seen.
 
I’m reminded of the program “Doctors Without Borders”.
They took a team into a remote village in a 3rd world country.
Their mission was to provide surgery to repair the condition of a clef pallet in children.
People lined up bringing their children, hundreds of them.
The sad part was that there was not enough time to take care of everyone.
The team had to screen all comers and comparatively
only a small number of children got the surgery they needed and wanted.
Was the mission a failure because of this?  Certainly not!
I have no doubt that if the doctors were to return to this same village in year,
the lines would be twice as long.
Faith isn’t always getting what you want.  It’s believing that in God a better future can be had
and acting accordingly.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, may the words and actions of Your Son Jesus Christ inspire us to desire and seek out that life that lasts forever.  Amen!”