Engaging the Gospel – Mark 5:21-43

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B): Gospel – Mark 5:21-43

Jairus and the woman with the hemorrhage are more than just inspiring miracle stories. These two exemplars of faith remind us how vitally important our own attitudes and dispositions are in the spiritual life. It is in response to their faith that Jesus performs “signs that anticipate the power of His death and Resurrection” (Catechism 2616).

This power is with us still, conveyed through the sacraments instituted by Christ. Just as Jesus’ power went forth to heal the woman, even so “sacraments are ‘power that comes forth’ from the Body of Christ” (1116).

“Jesus’ words and actions” during His earthly life “announced and prepared what He was going to give the Church when all was accomplished.”

As Pope St. Leo the Great said, “what was visible in our Savior has passed over into His mysteries” (1115).

The sacraments are performed by the power of God, regardless of the personal worthiness of the priest. “Nevertheless, the fruits of the sacraments also depend on the disposition of the one who receives them” (1128).

Today’s Gospel illustrates the point. Many people were in Jesus’ presence, but failed to benefit because they were indifferent, heedless, or even dismissive of what He could do for them. Let us follow the example of Jairus and the woman, trusting in the Lord’s power to act for us personally.

Question for reflection: When have I stepped out boldly in faith?