The Good News for the Day, July 10, 2017
Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time (383)
Interrupting Jesus when He was speaking, a public official came up, got down on his knees in front of him, begging, “My daughter died just now. Come on, put your hand on her—she will live.” Jesus stood up and followed him, as did His friends and followers. (A woman suffering hemorrhages for some 12 years came up behind him and touched a tassel trailing on his clothes. She was thinking, “If only I can touch his clothing, I will get well.” Jesus turned around, saw her, and said, “Be brave, daughter! Your faith has made you better.” From then on, the woman was well.) When Jesus got to the official’s house and saw the musicians hired for the funeral, and the crowd making grieving sounds, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead–just sleeping.” They made fun of Him. When that crowd had been pushed out, Jesus approached, took the girl by the hand—and the little girl got up! News about this spread throughout the neighborhood. (Matthew 9)
Two daughters of God—one woman and one girl—are “restored to life.” (“Life is in the Blood,” says Exodus.) Both these children of the Father had lost or were losing their Life. Jesus fixes them both. Again—it is not history we are studying, we’re not students who recite facts, but humans interested in the “magic” of spirit, the inner life—hope, faith, and love.
It is faith that “saves” these daughters—a faith in a fresh grip on life, on a new “life” free of grief, exclusion and pain—a faith, like yours—that expects a better way of life, an improvement—a faith that is hope.
Imagination helps sometimes to put the actions of Jesus into the inspiration God offers you. What God offers is a different, new life—over the horizon and off the radar from everything the world has taught you. Until you shed your unacknowledged opinions, prejudices, and learned judgments, you do not know what the Kingdom of Heaven offers. Once you shed your “hitherto” life, reach out with faith to start anew—you are given and start to Live—yes, accepting surprising—paradoxical—values and deeper truths, in your loving responsibility to serve. You Find Life. You Find Joy.