Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 1, 2011
by

John Roller

Junior, Theology Major

Heb 12:1-4
Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32
Mk 5:21-43

"Do not be afraid; just have faith." - Mark 5:36

The readings for today can be viewed as a spiritual wake-up call.  They ask us to refocus and ensure we are living a life of faith.  We often find ourselves pulled in countless directions and sometimes forget our common vocation to become righteous servants of God.  Therefore, the readings remind us we must continually place faith in God and trust his guidance in our daily lives.

The first reading shows us we must maintain trust and faith in God in times of trial and persecution.  During these difficult times, we might feel as though God has forgotten us and there is no point for having faith.  However, the reading tells us we must “persevere in running the race that lies before us” (Hebrews 12:1).  In order to help us on this journey, God sent Jesus to the world as an example of how one can give his or her whole life to God.  Through the example of Jesus, God shows that we are not alone when we encounter challenges or struggles to our faith.  Jesus experienced great suffering in his life devoted to serving God, and the reading reveals that Christ will continue to be present in the suffering we face each day.  As we continue to try to live out our faith, we must realize Christ will ever be with us, even in instances of intense hardship.  Therefore, we are called “to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2) while we persevere on the path to become true disciples of God.

The Gospel carries on the theme of the importance of faith by providing two great examples of people placing great trust in the power of Jesus.  First, there is the woman who has been afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.  Twelve years is a long time to have a painful disease, and this part always struck me when I read the Gospel.  It would be understandable for the woman to have given up.  She could have just accepted the fact she was always going to have the disease and would never get better.  Therefore, when the woman trusts that she could be healed just by touching Christ's cloak, she shows a form of complete faith in the saving power of Christ.  Even though she probably has had no previous experience with Jesus, she is still able to believe that Christ will be able to help her, and Jesus responds to her great faith by completely healing her.

After we see the saving power of faith through the hemorrhaging woman, the Gospel presents another seemingly hopeless situation with the death of Jairus’ daughter.  While others think the situation is a lost cause, Jairus does not lose faith and pleads for Jesus to help him.  Jesus again responds to this act of faith by raising his daughter to life.  The readings reveal that faith is a needed part for experiencing God in our lives.  Faith helps us remember that God will forever be with us, no matter how dire the situation.  Therefore, we should strive to live out Jesus’ proclamation in the Gospel when he says, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” (Mark 5:46).



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