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1) The one who touches Life, heals. The one who is touched by Life, rises again.

The Gospel of this XIII Sunday in Ordinary Time presents us Jesus Christ healing a woman whose sickness was worsening despite the long and costly cares and resuscitating a young girl awakening her from the sleep of death.

Is, therefore, the Messiah a healer and a thaumaturgic man who offers to a humanity always looking for effective treatment the answer to its sufferings, defeating disease and death?

Jesus was sent by the Father not to go where science and medicine failed, or to realize the utopia of a world without pain and without death.

The miracles performed by Christ are, together with the preaching, the good news that announces that the liberation offered by God has come into the world giving back to man his dignity as a child of God, reunites man to his God, and gives life back to him.

Faith is needed to truly welcome this Gospel (= good news). In fact, the account of two miracles does not draw attention to these two prodigious facts, but to the faith of those who ask for them. Faith is indispensable to the miracle. Jesus does not perform miracles to force, at any cost, the human heart. Miracles are signs in favor of faith, but they do not diminish the courage to believe. Miracles are a gift, a response to the sincerity of the man who seeks the Lord: they do not serve where there is closure and obstinacy. This is why the Messiah does not perform miracles where men claim to be the ones to establish the modalities of God’s action.

Therefore, even in these two cases, the miracle is a gift of the free initiative of God, who responds lovingly to those who humbly ask.

Let’s take a closer look at the two facts:

The miracle of healing of the woman who suffered blood loss would have let itself very well to underline the power of Jesus. To this woman, it was enough to touch the garment of Jesus to be healed. However, Saint Mark does not emphasize this aspect but emphasizes the hidden, but full of faith, a gesture of the sick woman.

Why does the woman wish not to be noticed and Jesus, instead, seems to do everything to emphasize her gesture?

The law declared impure the woman who had blood loss, and impure to touch her. This is why the woman touches Jesus’ dress in secret, taking advantage of the crowd. This is why she feels so guilty, frightening and trembling when she sees herself discovered. It is for the same reason that Jesus gives publicity to what has happened: to declare publicly, in front of everyone, that he does not feel impure after having been touched by the woman. He goes beyond the legal purity and impurity and looks at the faith of the woman to whom he says: “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be healed of your evil “(Mk 5: 34). She becomes a daughter, regenerated in the power of Jesus, through the door of faith that has “saved” her before “healing” her. She can now go in peace, healed from the root of evil because she was first “saved”. The audacity of her faith has opened the heart of God: touching Jesus means pure and adult faith in which to abandon oneself to him even from the depths of the gravest sin. In fact, faith is touching Jesus, dragging him into our half-dead and impure life. It is to make him aware that he has saved us. It means “forcing” the power that the Lord Jesus seems to be incapable of controlling.

It is still faith at the center of the healing of the daughter of Jairus: “Do not be afraid, only have faith” (Id. 5, 36).

It is faith in the power of Jesus, a power capable of reaching the person in his or her particular situation, and, in this case, victorious even over death.

Faith is a very human and vital act that tends to life and opposes death. Faith is an act of intelligence and an abandonment of the will, which makes us adhere to God like a child clinging to the mother’s chest. Then, like children with a simple heart, let’s remain confident in the arms of God.

2) Faith persevering in the resurrection

Commenting on these two miracles, Pope Francis said: “The message is clear, and can be summarized in a question: do we believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death? The whole Gospel is written in the light of this faith: Jesus has risen, he has conquered death, and for this victory, we too will be resurrected “(Words at the Angelus of June 29, 2015).

The liturgy of the Word of this Sunday invites us to live in the certainty of the resurrection: “Jesus is the Lord, Jesus has power over evil and death, and wants to take us to the Father’s house where life reigns. There, we will all meet, all of us who are here in the square today, we will meet in the house of the Father, in the life that Jesus will give us “(Id). Therefore, the Resurrection of Christ acts in history as a principle of renewal and hope. If anyone who is desperate and tired to death entrusts himself to Jesus and to his love, he or she can begin to live again. What does it mean to live if you do not share the vital love that the Lord gives? In fact, in today’s Gospel, we see Jesus sharing the sorrow of Jairus, one of the leaders of the synagogue who has a seriously ill 12-year-old daughter, and the suffering of the sick woman. To her, he gives back the ability to give life, to the other he gives life so that she can meet Life: He himself.

To those who thirst for life, “To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light. “(Lumen Fidei, 57).

In the same way, as he entered the house of Jairus and became present to his little daughter taking her by the hand, Christ takes us by the hand and intertwines his life with ours, which thus receives Life forever.

Like that little girl, Christ lifts us up, makes us rise again. We receive love from Him and return love to Him.

When this love is completely given to God, it is called virginity.

The consecrated Virgins in the world testify that virginity is the highest way of loving and of living God. Their life as virgins is a testimony of God’s love and the manifestation of the wisdom of the heart received from Christ. With their life totally given to God these women “preach the gospel of Virginity”, according to which “faith is not a decorative, ornamental thing. To live faith is not to decorate life with a little bit of religion “(Pope Francis), but it is the basic criterion for living truly.

With humility and with loving faith, the consecrated Virgins in the world have given themselves to Christ, to whose Word they listen constantly through the assiduous reading of the Bible. They reach out into the world as a gospel of Virginity “in order to more ardently love Christ and serve with more free devotion to the brothers “(Premises of the Rite of Consecration of the Virgins). This is why the apostolic exhortation Vita Consecrata attributes to them a sort of “spiritual magisterium” which places them as “expert guides of spiritual life” (Vita Consecrata, n. 55). They teach us to live faith with the heart, to listen to his Word so that it becomes flesh in them as it happened to Mary, and to be true evangelizers carrying into the world the Word of God that is light to our steps.

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