1st Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

​In today's Gospel, we hear how Jesus raised a little girl from the dead. What a joy it must have been for Jairus and his family that his daughter came back to life! They thought she was forever gone, but she had come back to them. Don't you wish that Jesus were alive today so that He would bring back to life a loved one who has died?

Anyone of us who is sick, or have loved ones who are sick, don't we all wish that Jesus were here with us physically so that He could heed our plea, the way he instantly healed the woman who had been afflicted with hemorrhage for 12 years? Don't we all wish He would be here still and just help us with our problems, trials, issues and concerns? Don't we all wish He were with us right now to help us heal our ailing relationships, and heal the world with peace? Well, He is not with us physically now, but His message is still with us: "Do not be afraid, Just have faith."

Just have faith. This is a difficult message to bring to a world that operates on facts, figures and fortunes. Try telling "Just have faith" to a businessman, or to a politician, or to those who have money and power in their hands. It is a message they will be hard put to relate to or understand. Of course, sooner or later they will. In fact we all will when we become weak, helpless and desperate, and realize that nothing and no one can heal and save us except our God. What makes us not realize our need for God is our pride, our stupid and foolish pride.

Prayer: Lord, help me just to have faith, no matter what. Amen.

Fr. Dante