“If I can only touch his cloak I shall be well again.’ Jesus turned round and saw her; and he said to her, ‘Courage, my daughter, your faith has restored you to health.’ And from that moment the woman was well again.”

Matthew 9:18-26

Jesus performs two miracles in today’s readings. Firstly, he heals a woman from haemorrhaging, and raises a young girl from the dead. In both instances, we find a crucial element of faith in these miracles. Jesus clearly says to the haemorrhaging woman: “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” Jesus responds to the man whose daughter is sick and dying. The scriptures say that, after the man expressed confidence in Jesus’ ability to raise his daughter, Jesus followed this man with his disciples.

How is our faith in Jesus? Do we recognise that for Jesus to work through us we must have faith in Him? How can we live that more open dialogue with Christ, and invite Him into our lives through our humble acknowledgement of His abilities and my real need for healing?

Fr Jaime Bonet – Founder of Verbum Dei

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