First Reading: 1 Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22
Psalm: 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: Mt 9:18-26
In the gospel we find Jesus curing a little girl and also a woman afflicted with a hemorrhage. In the first case, we see clearly the compassion of Jesus for those who suffer. He goes immediately to the house of the synagogue official whose daughter had died and brings her back from the dead. Jesus came to earth to save man so we must be totally certain that we can turn to him in times of need. He can help us when we are discouraged, frustrated, in mortal sin, in financial difficulties or when persecuted by others. We must call his hotline number which is always open to us.
In the second case, the sick woman did not ask for Jesus’ help directly but believed in his power to cure. Jesus noticed her and cured her both physically and spiritually. What does this tell us? It tells us that we must have faith in Jesus when we approach him. It means that we must humbly beg for his mercy and seek not only temporary answers to our problems but permanent ones. It means that we must ask Jesus for the grace of the Holy Spirit who makes us strong in faith, enduring in hope and steadfast in love. We must believe in the goodness of Jesus and his power to save because he is the Son of God.
We should also pray to Jesus and intercede for others who are experiencing great difficulties.