13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Wisdom: 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5: 21-43 or 5: 21-24, 35 – 43

Originally delivered on June 30, 1991

In today’s Gospel, we hear of Jesus bringing back a little girl from the dead.  Indeed, we are asked to believe in God as the one that can restore us to life.  And yet, in the end of the Gospel story, Jesus tells her family gathered to feed the girl.  In essence, we, like the little girl’s family, are called to care for our sisters and brothers. In the second reading we also hear, “The relief of others ought not to impoverish you; there should be a certain equality.  Your plenty at the present time should supply their need so that their surplus may in turn one day supply your need, with equality as the result.  It is written, ‘He who gathered much had no excess and he who gathered little had no lack.’” Fr. Healy reminds us that the key is in our sharing.