Daily Gospel Reflection for February 4, 2014



Today’s Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

Today’s gospel is familiar to most of us: the healing of Jairus’s daughter as well as the woman who suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve long years. As Jesus made His way to the house of Jairus, people pressed in on Him from every side, but only one woman touched Christ, drawing healing power from Him. This woman was desperate to be healed. I don’t think she was the only one who believed that Jesus was capable of healing her. I mean, the entire crowd was excited, following Him, hoping to witness yet another miracle at Jairus’s house. No it wasn’t simply faith that drew healing power from Christ, it was the woman’s desperation.

Desperation is the key to change, to opening our hearts to receive anything from God. Only when I am desperate, only when I am fed up with myself as I continue to suffer day after day without changing wounded emotions, a sick body, and a tired mind, only then am I really willing to receive healing. It seems that I first must hit bottom, before I will to let go of the familiar, even when the familiar is sickness.

To change and accept healing love means tha tI must let go of control, surrender and trust in God. Surrendering goes against every cell in my body because in my pride. I like to be in control. I like to things in my own strength. When I am desperate enough, I will humbly ask God to transform me in His power.

Jesus had the power to heal everyone who touched Him that day but only one person touched Him with that rare combination of faith and open hearted longing and desperation. Only one person was open  and humble enough to receive a flow of healing power from Christ.



Are you desperate enough yet to surrender control to your Saviour, beginning your own experience of modern day miracles in your life?


Lord, you know my heart, my fears, my rigidty, my sin. In Your mercy, melt my resistance and place a desperate hunger for more of your  healing love with in me.

Copyright 2014 Melanie Jean Juneau


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Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.


  1. Melanie, I think you are right that a lot of people don’t surrender to God unless they are feeling desperate. I like your point that we should be more humble and give up control to Him.

  2. I’m 77. I have a colon issue that could develop into cancer. I had 3 options, take out the colon, do a risky polyp removal or do nothing. I took the last one with “let Go & let God” spirit. I do however, weaken & fret. I have to keep my faith that it’s in god’s hands. I weaken at times but always return to #3. God is always with us.

  3. “Lord, you know my heart, my fears, my rigidty, my sin. In Your mercy, melt my resistance and place a desperate hunger for more of your healing love with in me.”


  4. Amen to all of what you shared . However we have to believe that Jesus is always with us even in moments we are not desperate. He must always be in our presence. Our life and destiny are in HIS hands.

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