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July 1st 2012 A.D.

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary time

Mark 5:21-43

"Jesus said, ‘Who touched me?"

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary time

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Background:

Jesus loved surprises. His Father in heaven was the God of surprises, so it would naturally follow that Jesus reveled in surprising people with good things. In the Gospel today he surprises a woman who has been plagued my physical problem and the parents of a little girl thought to be dead. Both woman and the parents desperately hoped for a surprise. They were not sure there would be won, but they were at least open to the possibility.

 Jesus like people who had the openness of spirit and mind to be ready for  surprises. Those who in the core of their personalities believed in a God of surprises. That’s just what The Father in heaven want of all of us. Jesus would have had a much harder time helping the cynical, the sardonic, the bitter, the conniving who might want to purchase miracles from him. So the simple faith of these simple people occasioned the grace that Jesus had within him.

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Once upon a time, a certain pastor, worn out from phone calls and summons to the office was slipping off to the land of Nod when a call came from the teenager who manned the office in the evening. Father, there’s a kind of cute elderly man down who wants to talk to you. “Kind of cute” meant that the young woman did not deem him dangerous. The man was well-dressed, handsome, genial, Yes, kind of cute. Probably a nut said the pastor to himself. He wants to complain about the sermons last Sunday or the Bishop or the Pope. Yes, he said, not particularly happy to have been disturbed so late on a cold winter evening. You don’t remember me, do you, father? I’ve seen a lot of faces in the last forty years in a rectory. No reason to remember me.

I was hitchhiking home from college because we didn’t have much money in those days and I borrowed fifty dollars from you. I promised to pay you back, and I never did.

You were from Notre dame?

That’s right, Father. What my kids call a Domer. I figured I’d better pay you back. What kind of interest do you charge? The priest remembered that he had liked the young man because of his grace and charm. No, interest he said. That wouldn’t be fair. The man took out his checkbook. How about two hundred percent, he said as the grinned and wrote a check. Could I bring in my kids and introduce them.

Megan, he said to the teenager, who he knew had been listening at the door, could you make us a pot of tea?

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Psalm 30:2-5,10-12

2 O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
3 O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
10 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be my helper!"
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you for ever.

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