13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
‘Do not be afraid; only have faith!’
O God, who through the grace of adoption
chose us to be children of light,
grant, we pray,
that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error
but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth.
This week’s readings are full of encouragement. They urge us to live by faith even when we struggle to make sense of life (or, indeed, death). Though we may sometimes find it very challenging to entrust ourselves and others completely to God, ultimately this is what opens the way to new life in him.
The Wisdom author (First Reading) tells us that death – both physical and spiritual – results from Satan’s envy. Death was never part of God’s plan, for we are created for life, and in God’s own likeness.
The psalmist rejoices that God has rescued him from sickness. We, too, are invited to give thanks, trusting in God’s complete care and compassion for each of us. Even if our day ends in sadness, the promise of joy still dawns anew each morning.
St Paul encourages the Corinthians to model themselves on Jesus in their generosity and giving, for they themselves have been given so much. We also should try to keep this balance, trusting God as we consider other’s needs alongside our own riches. (Second Reading)
The Gospel tells of two miracles: the raising of Jairus’s daughter (which we pray today) and the healing of the woman with the haemorrhage. Both are people of great faith, whatever their fears; we see how God’s healing, life-giving power is enabled by their trust.
This week, let us pray that God might increase our own faith each day, helping us to entrust ourselves to him more completely, even when we feel afraid or unsure.