REFLECTION FOR TODAY
June 27, 2021
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Mk. 5:28
There is great power in touch. The woman’s desire in our gospel reference today was to touch Jesus. Her desire to touch was propelled by faith in the healing power of Jesus. This woman had suffered greatly for 12-years. She had tried everything she could to be cured by doctors and had spent all she had but she was not better. In her desperate situation, she turned in faith to Jesus.
We are not aware if she had had great faith throughout her life; but what we do know is that in her suffering, she was greatly humbled and was out of options. In this humble condition, she did what any saint would do. She held on to the conviction that Jesus was the answer. When all else failed, Jesus would not let her down. She didn’t know if she would be physically healed, but she did know she had to turn to Jesus, nonetheless.
As Christians, we must have the same depth of trust and commitment to turn to Jesus with our life. Even if we have not tried every other option in life, we must all embrace the witness this woman gives. She involved Jesus in our situation.
Jesus is not met in passivity but in active faith. The woman sought for Jesus. Whenever Jesus steps into any situation that has kept us in extreme hopelessness things change. We just need to acknowledge that it Jesus alone that can restore us.
Turning to Jesus with deep certainty and faith means we know that His will is all that matters. It means that we choose Him above all else and in every circumstance of life. It means we do not only turn to Him with our problems, but we also turn to Him with our joys and in our blessings. Everything we do must come from a deep interior conviction that Jesus is the answer to everything in life.
Reflect, today, on how deep your habit is of turning and reaching out to Jesus. Is Jesus your first option and the first person you praise in your blessings? And is He the first one you turn to in your fears and struggles? Build this interior habit and you will see miracles of grace in your life.
Lord Jesus, help me to always turn to You in all things and to know you are the answer. Help me to trust You when life seems hard and when things seem to fall apart. Help me to also turn to You in all the many blessings I receive. Jesus, I trust in You.