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One Minute Reflection – 27 June – ‘ … He is aware of all those who touch His clothes …’

One Minute Reflection – 27 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Readings: Wisdom 1: 13-15; 2: 23-24, Psalms 30: 2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13 (2a), Corinthians 8: 7, 9, 13-15, Mark 5: 21-43

If I but touch his garments, I shall be whole”…Mark 5:28

REFLECTION – “It is our faith that touches Christ; it is our faith that sees Him. It isn’t our body that touches Him; the eyes of our nature cannot seize Him. For seeing without perceiving, is not seeing; hearing without understanding, is not hearing, neither is touching if one doesn’t touch with faith…

If we consider the size of our faith and if we understand the greatness of the Son of God, we realise, that, in relation to Him, we only touch the fringe; we cannot reach the top of His garment. Therefore, if we too want to be healed by Him, let us touch, in faith, the fringe of Christ. He is aware of all those who touch His clothes, who touch Him while He has His back turned. For God doesn’t need eyes to see; He doesn’t have physical senses but He has, in Himself, the knowledge of all things. Happy then those who are able to touch at least the borders of the Word: for who can seize it entirely?” – St Ambrose (340-397) Father and Doctor of the Church – Commentary on St. Luke, 6, 57-59 ( SC 45)

PRAYER – Almighty Father, grant that our trust and faith may grow each day. Help us to be secure in Your unfailing love and help. Even in our times of fear, pain and distress, give us the trust to know that You are always with us and that Your healing grace does indeed work miracles in our lives. Grant us strength, O Lord, to overcome all our fears with confidence in Your loving care. Through Jesus Christ in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.
MAY the Heart of JESUS in the most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the Tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. – Indulgence 100 Days, Once a Day. Raccolta 161 Blessed Pius IX, 29 February 1868.

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 February – ”I say to you, arise.”

Quote/s of the Day – 4 February – Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30–19:3, Psalm 86:1-6, Mark 5:21-43

”I say to you, arise.”

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“May Jesus touch us, too
and at once we shall walk.
We may well be paralysed,
our deeds may be evil
and we may be unable to walk,
we may be lying on the bed of our sins…
but if Jesus touches us,
then we shall immediately be healed.
Peter’s mother-in-law was suffering with fever –
Jesus touched her hand
and she arose
and immediately served Him (Mk 1:31)…”

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“Lord, I beseech you,
touch our hands as we, too, lie prostrate.
Make us rise from our bed of sins and enable us to walk.
And when we have walked, make them give us something to eat.
We cannot eat when we are lying down –
unless we are standing,
we shall not be able to receive the Body of Christ.”

St Jerome (347-420)
Father & Doctor of the Churchlord-i-beseech-you-touch-our-hands-as-we-lie-prostrate-st-jerome-5feb2019 and 4 feb 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 4 February – “The child is not dead but asleep”

One Minute Reflection – 4 February – Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30–19:3, Psalm 86:1-6, Mark 5:21-43 and the Memorial of St John de Britto SJ (1647-1693) Martyr

“The child is not dead but asleep” … Mark 5:39

REFLECTION -“My dear young people, the future depends on you, the completion of this millennium and beginning of another depend on you.   So do not be passive, assume your responsibilities in every area that opens itself up to you in this world. (…)   Take up your responsibilities!   Inspired by faith in the Lord “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Pet 3:15) (…)   What is the reason for your confidence?   Your faith, recognition and acceptance of the tremendous love God is constantly showing towards humankind.(…)   Jesus Christ, “the same today, yesterday and forever” (Heb 13:8), continues to show to all young people the same love the Gospel describes when he met up with a young man or woman.

So we can contemplate the raising of Jairus’ daughter who “was twelve years old” (…) Jairus frankly exposes his anguish to the Master, he earnestly beseeches his heart:  “My daughter is at the point of death.   Please, come lay hands on her that she may get well and live”.    “Jesus went off with him”.   The heart of Christ, which is moved before this man and his daughter’s human suffering, cannot remain heedless before our suffering.   Christ always hears us but He asks us to turn to Him with faith (…).   The Lord’s every gesture and word express this love.

I would like especially to pause over the words drawn from Jesus’ own lips:   “The child is not dead but asleep”.   These words that are so deeply illuminating, prompt me to think of the mysterious presence, of the Lord of life, in a world that appears to have succumbed to the shameless promptings of hate, violence and injustice.   Yet, no, this world of yours is not dead but sleeps.   In your hearts, dear young people, we perceive the strong beat of life and the love of God.   Youth is not dead when it is close to the Master.   Yes, when it is close to Jesus, you are all close to Jesus.   Listen to all His words, every word, each one. Young people, love Jesus, seek Jesus, meet Jesus.” … Saint John Paul II (1920-2005), Pope from 1978 to 2005 – Speech to the youth of Chile, 02/04/1987mark 5 39 the child is not dead but sleeps - listen to his words every one - st pope john paul 4 feb 2020

PRAYER – Increase in us, O Lord, the gift of faith, so that we may arise and offer our praise to You and by Your grace, yield fruit from heaven, for the glory of Your Kingdom. Lord God, may St John de Britto, who became precious in Your sight through his pure life and valiant martyrdom, plead for our forgiveness.   Through Jesus Christ, Your divine Son, in unity with the Spirit, one God forever.   St John de Britto, pray for us, amen.st john de britto pray for us 4 feb 2019

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Thought for the Day – 1 July – The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 5:21-43.

Thought for the Day – 1 July – The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 5:21-43.

The woman healed and the girl raised, have some things in common:

they are female;
they are both called daughter;
and they are linked by the number twelve.

The number is a sign of the restoration of the twelve tribes of Israel at the end of time, a sign of the Messiah and the eschaton – the last things, the final event in the Divine plan.

Israel is also known as the daughter or even, the bride of God (Hos 2:19-21).

In these miracles today, Jesus shows that He has come to bring daughter Israel to health and full life.   The healings that connect these daughters of Israel are signs of the spiritual wholeness and the destruction of death that the Messiah brings.   And since we know that “God does not delight in the death of the living” (Wis 1:13), we know that new life for the restored people of Israel, was a sign of the offer extended to the whole world. Wherever death comes to destroy, faith in Christ’s power is sufficient, even unto death.

The divine power leaves Jesus in order to flow into us on the Cross and in the Eucharist. 

“She touched the hem of His garment, she approached Him in a spirit of faith, she believed and she realised that she was cured… so we too, if we wish to be saved, should reach out in faith to touch the garment of Christ” ...St Ambrose (340-397 Father & Doctor), Expositio Evangelii sec. Lucam, VI, 56. 58.

so we too, if we wish to be saved - st ambrose - 1 july 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 30 January – Gospel of the Day Mark 5:21-43 Year B

One Minute Reflection – 30 January – Gospel of the Day Mark 5:21-43 Year B

She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”…Mark 5:27-28mark 5 27-28 - 30 jan 2018

REFLECTION – “The second episode, that of the woman with the haemorrhage, again manifests how Jesus came to liberate human beings in their totality.   In fact, the miracle takes place in two stages:  first there is the physical healing but this is closely linked to the deeper healing, that which grants God’s grace to those who welcome Him in faith. Jesus says to the woman:  ‘Daughter, your faith has saved you.   Go in peace and be healed of the evil that afflicts you!’ (Mark 5:34).   These two stories of healing are an invitation for us to overcome the purely horizontal and materialistic vision of life.   We rightly ask God for so many healings from our problems, from concrete necessities.   But what we must ask for insistently, is a more solid faith, so that the Lord might renew our life and a firm trust in His love, in His providence that does not abandon us.”…Pope Benedict XVI July 2012we rightly ask God - 30 jan 2018 - pope benedict

PRAYER – Almighty Father, grant that our trust and faith may grow each day.   Help us to be secure in Your unfailing love and help.   Even in our times of fear, pain and distress, give us the trust to know that You are always with us and that Your healing grace does indeed work miracles in our lives.   Grant us strength, O Lord, to overcome all our fears with confidence in Your loving care.   Through Jesus Christ in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.