Scripture Reading: Mark 5:28

Here is an example of one who comes to Jesus with great faith. This woman had suffered greatly for twelve years. She tried everything she could to get cured.  She spent all she had. In that desperate state, the woman turned in faith to Jesus. 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.  Perhaps she didn’t know if she would be physically healed, but she did know she had to turn to Jesus nonetheless.  There is a great lesson in this story: we must have the same depth of trust and the same commitment to turn to Jesus with our lives.

Turning to Jesus with deep faith and certainty 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, we also turn to Him with our joys and blessings. Everything we do must come from the conviction that Jesus is the answer to everything in life. Perhaps, we have a habit of turning to Him only when everything else seems to fail us.  But it shouldn’t be so.  We are called to build a daily habit of seeking to “touch His clothes”, so to speak.  This is a way of saying we must turn our heart, mind, will and soul to Him always.

Today, reflect on how deep your habit is in reaching out to Jesus. Is He the first Person you praise in your blessings? Is He the first Person you turn to in your fears and struggles? Build this interior habit and you will see miracles of grace in your life.

MASS: WHITE: ST. AMBROSE, BP, and DR M Is 40:1-11; Ps 96:1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12a, 12b-13 (R. 40:9-10); Accl: The day of the Lord is near; behold, he shall come to save us. Gospel Matt. 18:12-14

Prayer Points:

               1.            Lord, help me to always turn to You in all things.  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.

               2.            Dear Lord Jesus. You invited all who are burdened to come to You. Allow Your healing hand to heal us. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others. Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with Your vision that my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in my need and my brothers and sisters too. Help me to lead others to You by my example, most loving heart of Jesus.  Bring me health in body and spirit so that I may serve You with all my strength. Touch gently these lives which You have created. I thank You Lord Jesus.

Exercise: Pray that you may receive a touch from the Lord.

Meditation: Jeremiah 1:9