MATTHEW 9:18-26 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (JULY 6, 2020)

 

While speaking to them, official of the synagogue came up to Him, bowed before Him and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and place your hands on her, and she will live.” Jesus stood up and followed him with his disciples.

Then a woman, who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years, came up from behind and touched the edge of his cloak; for she thought, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

Jesus turned and said, “Courage, my daughter, your faith has saved you.” And from the moment, the woman was cured,

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the excited crowd, he said, “Get out of here! The girl is not dead. She is only sleeping!”  And they laughed at Him, but once the crowd had been turned out, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up. The news of this spread through the whole area.

POINTS OF REFLECTION

When a member of a dear family passed away unexpected, unimaginable sorrow would normally ruled over life dragging down spirit. Friends of the family would normally come to console for the purpose of giving their share to the bereaved family with the hope of consoling  a heavy heart. Yes, this is good but one thing that one needs to remember that their presence around does not mean owning very own grief but merely a co-griever. Though, their presence is needed but more than them, the bereaved family needs the presence of the giver of life, Jesus Christ.

It should be noted that on one’s downfall, the first and foremost hot line would be Jesus. Not anyone of the closest friends or even a family

from which many of us use to do.

This Bible reading told us that, Jesus is the solution of our toughest times. Only Jesus has the power to end up our unbearable and prolonged sufferings like the woman who had suffered severe bleeding for twelve long years. One might be suffering for a long time like the woman’s condition in this Bible reading but, Jesus said to the woman “courage my daughter, your faith has saved you.”

Ancient believers opined that God cannot be touched or moved by the ways of man because of His power. But such beliefs is completely nullified for Jesus was moved or completely touched by the depth of faith as illustrated by the faith of synagogue official who firmly believe that his dead daughter would surely came back to life upon Jesus’  laying hands. Likewise, the woman has shown equal faith by just touching the hem of Jesus cloth.

In general brothers and sisters, it is our faith that matters to the Lord. life’s sorrows and trials are  driving forces for us to come closer to the Father.

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