Father Robert DeCesare, LC
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When Jesus had crossed again in
the boat to the other side, a large crowd
gathered around him, and he stayed close to the
sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded
earnestly with him, saying, "My daughter is at the
point of death. Please, come lay your hands on
her that she may get well and live." He went
off with him, and a large crowd followed him
and pressed upon him. There was a woman afflicted
with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at
the hands of many doctors and had spent all
that she had. Yet she was not helped but
only grew worse. 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." Immediately her flow of blood dried
up. She felt in her body that she was
healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power
had gone out from him, turned around in the
crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?" But
his disciples said to him, "You see how the crowd
is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ´Who
touched me?´" And he looked around to see who
had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to
her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down
before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He
said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go
in peace and be cured of your affliction." While
he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official´s
house arrived and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble
the teacher any longer?" Disregarding the message that was
reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, "Do not
be afraid; just have faith." He did not allow
anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and
John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the
house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of
a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he
went in and said to them, "Why this commotion and
weeping? The child is not dead but asleep." And
they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out.
He took along the child´s father and mother and those
who were with him and entered the room where
the child was. He took the child by the
hand and said to her, Talitha koum, which means,
"Little girl, I say to you, arise!" The girl, a
child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. At
that they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders
that no one should know this and said that she
should be given something to eat.
Introductory Prayer: Lord
Jesus, you taught: “Ask, and it will be given
you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door
will be opened for you” (Matthew 7:7). You invite
me to place my petition here before you. I
believe Lord, that you will hear my prayer if I
earnestly ask you with a sincere heart . I
hope in your goodness and mercy, and I offer
you my love even if it is paltry
in comparison to yours , for you are the
wellspring of love and goodness itself.
Petition: Lord, help me
to reach out to you with faith.
I But Touch His Clothes ” Lord, at
times you can seem so distant, so far from us.
I believe that you are God, all-powerful and almighty.
Yet, Lord, I believe that you want me to come
to you. As great and as mighty as you
are, you invite me to come to you as a
little child. How seldom do I seek to reach
out to you like the woman suffering a hemorrhage!
What great faith she has. All she wants to do
is have contact with you. She doesn’t seek much,
just a brief moment. At times my
life goes by so fast that I do
not seek even that. I worry about
my own things, and I get so caught up in
my own problems that I do not think about
bringing them to you as she does. It seems
so right and so easy , yet how frequently
do I hold the attitude she does?
“Who Touched Me?” Lord, it must please you to recognize
someone has reached out to you. Many times
you marveled at our faith, even if it be just
for a moment. You were amazed at the faith
of the centurion when he said: “Only speak the
word, and let my servant be healed” (Luke 7:7). You
promised the “Good Thief” that he would be with
you in Paradise. This woman believed that
you could do something to make a difference in
her life, and she sought you out. How often
do we touch you? How often do we bring you
to look for us, to seek us out because
we seek you out?
3. “Your Faith Has Saved You
” Faith in you, Lord, is what inspired
the woman to touch your cloak. She believed that
you would make her well. Reaching out to
you was her prayer. She knows who she is: a
creature whom the Father has made, a poor soul
in need of help. She ha d tried
to do it alone, seeking cures in medicine. They
only worsened her condition. Now she asks for your
help. Not only do you help her, Lord, but
you save her. You are waiting to do the same
for me if I simply come to you and
make my petition. Lord, I believe that by making my
petition known to you, I am being the person
you made me to be. I am one who is
totally dependent on you. I need you for everything.
By myself I can do nothing, but with you
I can do all things (Cf. Galatians 2: 20).
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I recognize that you
want me to touch you like the woman with
a hemorrhage did. I believe, Lord, that you are waiting
for me to come to you as she did.
All I have to do is reach out and touch
you. You will be there to answer my prayer.
Resolution: I shall make two acts of faith
during the day so as to reach
out to my Lord, who is waiting for me to
come to him .