Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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From The Pastor

One of the terrible aspects of the pandemic was the isolation of people with the virus. We have all probably seen or heard of people being unable to visit a loved one during the lockdown. Sometimes all they could do was visit from afar; conversing from a balcony, view through a window or a nurse communicating news through a phone. We were not allowed to be in the presence of a loved one for fear of giving or receiving the virus.

Touching is one of our basic human senses. We touch others and are touched by them in so many different ways. We physically put our arms around a person, we hug them, we embrace them. Others we touch by a word, a look, a smile, an act of kindness. By our touch we communicate; love and support or negatively, violence and abuse.

When the isolation was ended there were joyful scenes of hugging in sheer delight in being able to touch a loved one.

As you read and reflect on this weekend’s gospel, I invite you to count the number of times ‘touch’ or a corresponding word is used in the healing miracles. Jarius would say, ”My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live”. Jesus is delayed by a woman seeking his help. The woman would say, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” She was healed! At the end of the gospel we hear how Jesus took the child by the hand. The girl, arose immediately and walked around. Jarius had kept his faith in Jesus. The woman who touched Jesus had faith but wanted the security of anonymity. She was called out! Allow Jesus to touch us and raise us from sleep.

– Fr. Joe

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