June 28, 2015
by Carol Zuegner
Creighton University Department of Journalism, Media and Computing
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 98

Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Mark 5:21-43

Praying Ordinary Time

Faith. When I read today’s Gospel, it made me think about how the people who followed Jesus at that time were lucky to see him in the flesh. I wonder at their faith in this man. I fear I might have been more like Thomas of another Gospel and doubted. Yet we read of the woman who knew she only had to touch his clothes and she might be made whole.  We hear Jesus say to the family of the young girl who they believed had died: “Do not be afraid. Just have faith.” 

Have faith. That letting go and believing. That letting go and letting God in. That letting go can be scary and freeing. While I might not have witnessed Jesus performing a miracle, I can still have faith that God can make me whole. I can have faith that though there is evil in the world, that “justice is undying.”  I can have faith when I see good in others, when I see people working to improve the lives of others who may feel forgotten. In those times and places, I can have faith that God is with all of us.

In a world beset by tragedy and sometimes senseless acts, it can be hard to have faith. I have to remember that miracles may be small, but I believe they happen all around us, if we could only see. Our faith should propel us to not only believe but to also act. Let your faith shine. Let God in. Believe that justice is undying, that by doing what you can, where you are, you can make a difference in the world.  Have faith.

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