“DO NOT FEAR, ONLY BELIEVE” (Mark 5:36)
⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (30 January 2018)
????2 Sam 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30 – 19:3; Ps 86:1-2, -3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1a); Mark 5:21-43
Yesterday, we reflected on the importance of building a deep trust in Jesus despite the situation we may find ourselves. David saw himself in most ugly situations, but he never allowed his quest for solutions drive him away from the presence of God. For that reason, God always came to his aid.
Today, in the First Reading, we could see a testimony of how God fights for David. His son Absalom, who had been fighting him, was caught by some tree branches and was left hanging between heaven and earth. Do not worry, God shall also cause whatever is a thorn in your flesh to be caught up in an uncommon end. Amen.
The two cases that were reported in Mark 5:21-43 can be seen as difficult and hopeless cases. The synagogue official had to push aside his pride and the hatred of his kind towards Jesus while the woman must contend with the shame of coming to the public when everyone must have known her as having an incurable disease.
Apart from those difficulties, their cases appeared hopeless. The official’s daughter was at the point of death; in fact she died before Jesus could reach her (Mark 5:23, 35). For the woman, not only has she been ill for a long time, she had spent all that she had in the hands of many doctors without getting any better, rather he got worse (cf. Mark 5:26).
However, they believed and hoped that their solution lies in Jesus, and they got it. What and who do you hope on? Have you ever seen yourself in a condition that made you declare that quitting is the only option? This quitting could even be quitting life itself. Do you believe that Jesus can help you even in that hopeless situation? Yes, he can! You only need to believe in him.
May your faith and hope in Christ yield for you breakthrough, freedom and success through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Have a blessed and miraculous day ahead. Peace be with you.