Saturday, June 30, 2018

To what lengths will you go?

Jesus, You Are the Healing

Today I’d like to begin with a question.  To be more precise; I begin with part of a question. To what length will people go?

To what length will people go:

    1.    To get a good parking spot at the beach?

    2.     To get the best recipe for barbecuing ribs

    3.     To lose weight
            (presumably after they have answered question 2?)

Here’s one which pertains to today’s gospel: 

To what length will people go for healing?

I’m sure you’ve heard or read about to what length people go they seeking healing from everything from cancer to depression to infertility. Odds are that many, if not all of us are on our own personal journey seeking health and healing.

In today’s gospel, Mark recounts 2 stories of healing. I will let you preview or review these stories on your own. Instead I’ll share a concise commentary from the U.S. Council of Bishops. (The underlines are my emphasis.)

“Both in the case of Jairus and his daughter and in the case of the hemorrhage victim, the inner conviction that physical contact accompanied by faith in Jesus’ saving power could effect a cure was rewarded.”

Today’s music reminds us of the need to reach out to Jesus.

Our prelude “Lay Your Hands” centers on a means by which people of faith both past and present have sought God’s healing.

The processional song; “Glory and Praise to Our God” (#546) speaks of God’s healing from the perspective of gratitude.  Many are the blessings (God) bears to those who trust in his ways.”

At offertory we will sing a mash-up (to borrow a term from pop music) of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” (#689) and “You Are the Healing” (#400).

I conclude with several quotes and a link highlighting 2 important topics:

  1. The difference between being healed and being cured.
  2. The church’s teaching on the role suffering

Not everything can be cured. Fortunately cure is not the only successful outcome of our relationships to our patients.

                                                             Rachel Naomi Remen M.D.

In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”

                                                             Viktor Frankl

Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.


                                                            St. Paul 2 Corinthians 12:10

Go to for a wonderful perspective on healing.

Blessed to be in ministry at St. Mary’s,



My summer Sunday scripture series continues Sunday July 8 from 11 to 11:45 in the parish center.  Come take a deeper look at the days readings.

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