Daily Gospel Reflection for July 1, 2018

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 5: 21-53

The Wait Poem
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried:
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate…
And the Master so gently said, “Wait”.
Russell Kelfer

Waiting can be hard. At times we are asked to wait in insignificant moments of a day, at a stoplight or in line at the grocery. Other times, we are asked when the waiting is hard and the answers are few; waiting at a doctors office or waiting for an appointment when a loved one is ill.

Today we read about Jairus who was on a journey to find Jesus, the great Healer. I imagine his journey was filled with anxiety as his daughter was sick and he needed a miracle. Jairus was devout falling at Jesus’ feet pleading for help as his daughter was dying indicating that he had great faith. Yet at that moment in Scripture it is indicated that Jairus had to wait. Waiting must be important or why was it placed in this passage? I have to believe that it is an important message today.

A woman of great courage reached out touching Jesus’ cloak and he stopped to find her. Jairus had to wait. It must have felt like an eternity. “And the Master so gently said, ‘Wait’.” Then he received devastating news. His daughter had died and yet he still waited. He had just heard the words, “Do not be afraid, only believe.”

Jairus did not give up by stomping off saying it is too late or why did we stop. He believed. He did not listen to the others as they ridiculed Jesus. He believed. As his little girl arose, I have to believe that he gave great glory to God as they danced in happiness. He waited believing.

Ponder:

Are there areas in your life where Jesus is asking you to wait?

Pray:

“Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you and a hope of finally embracing you”. Amen (St. Thomas Aquinas)


Copyright 2018 Catherine Schipper

Catherine Schipper is on an inner pilgrimage after becoming legally blind this past year. It is a journey of new beginnings and the smallest thing can bring great joy.

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