Pastor's Desk: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 30th June 2018 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extracts from Intercom Magazine:

Seeing your Life through the Lens of the Gospels
Mark 5:21-43

Like this woman, have you had the experience of a cure, an improvement, a success, after a long period of nothing happening? What was that like for you? What made the difference? On that occasion was there anything different in you, in others, in the circumstances - something that paved the way for the change or improvement?

‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. It seems a strange request with crowds milling around. Many people brushed against him but the woman made contact in a different way. The same can happen in our relationships. We brush against many people but make real contact only with a few. Who are the people you have touched, and who has touched you? What difference has this made to you and to them?

Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has made you well’. What difference does it make to you that you have faith? In what ways does your faith make you well?

When Jairus asked Jesus to come and cure his daughter, some thought there was no point. Sometimes a situation can look like a lost cause. Has it ever happened to you that subsequent events showed there was hope where you thought there was none?

John Byrne OSA

Musings

‘The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts, rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them.’

Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, 11

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