July 1, Healing & Faith – a Sunday Scriptures blog

chaliceToday is the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, but it is also July 1, the former Feast of the Most Precious Blood; a number of years ago, the present Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (formerly Corpus Christi, on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday) was placed in our liturgical calendar. So happy Feast Day to all Sisters of the Precious Blood! Today’s Gospel reading from Mark is about two healings of women, one placed within the story of the other. As Jesus is traveling to heal the young daughter of a synagogue official, another woman in the crowd, who is afflicted with female bleeding, touches him and is healed. After a conversation, Jesus tells her: Daughter, your faith has saved you. When they arrive at the house and are told the girl has already died, Jesus tells the official: Do not be afraid, just have faith. The power of healing offered us by God needs to meet the receptivity of our faith. God cannot pour healing into a closed container! The chalice is a good symbol for this Gospel lesson!

Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia

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