In the First Reading (Book of Wisdom) we see that God, who made us and formed us in His own image and likeness, did not intend for us to suffer and die. Those two enemies of humanity, suffering and death, entered the world because of the devil’s envy and the sin of Adam and Eve.
In the Gospel, when Jesus delivers a little girl from the clutches of death, the disciples begin to understand the authority of Jesus and his power over the final enemy, death. Furthermore, this event should also strengthen our hope that one day we too will be raised from the dead. In fact, when Jesus commands the little girl to “Arise,” it is the same Greek word used to describe his own Resurrection.
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. If we believe in him, even though we die, we will live. This is Good News.
Like the hemorrhaging woman, the other event in our Gospel today, our faith, our trust, and our hopes are being drained out of us. The state of our world, country, politics, spirituality and personal lives may leave us feeling, like the woman in today’s gospel, that our condition has only been made worse. Perhaps we have sought out other “cures”, grasped at all manner of false gods to save us, or taken refuge in diversions that lead to nowhere.
Technology and political power cannot save us. We simply must turn, in faith, to the Lord of life. Draw close to Jesus, and there, because of our faith, we will find our cure and our salvation. God and God alone is the One who can save us.
“We should rejoice, as we sing in today’s Psalm, that He has brought us up from the netherworld, the pit of death. And, as Paul exhorts in today’s Epistle, we should offer our lives in thanksgiving for this gracious act, imitating Christ in our love and generosity for others” (Dr. Scott Hahn)
God bless you all!
Father Robert Letona
Congratulations to Father Kyle Laylan and Father Barry Saylor, the newly ordained priests of the Diocese of LaCrosse:
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
May we always remember, as Americans, that our freedom, liberty, and rights come from God, and they must never be taken for granted.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...” (Declaration of Independence)