13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 28/6/2015 - Gospel: Mk 5:21-43
New life
We wake up in the morning to begin a new day and often do the same thing as we do most days. We acknowledge a new day of a week and are more conscious of a first day of a month and we celebrate the first day of a year. Culturally a New Year's day is significant for us but has no significance in a natural world. In nature every day is the same as it is governed by the natural cycle. For us a new day is recognized and acknowledged but a new life each day seems to be forgotten. We won't celebrate a new life every day, even in a small way, simply because we think that life goes on and there is no significant thing to celebrate. We accept it as a part of life rather than to acknowledge that there is a new life in every new day. The reality is that we all go to bed at night and some of us never wake up next morning. Think about going to bed every night as much as like entering the darkness of a tomb and waking up the next morning to begin a new day. Celebrating a new life in the morning is meant to be like walking out of the darkness of the tomb and entering the light, beginning a fresh new life. We Christians celebrate a new day everyday because every day is a new life. We believe that a new day begins a new life and a new life is renewed in Christ. We celebrate a new life each day by having a simple short morning prayer but it is significant for us as a Christian. By giving thanks to God every new day we acknowledge that everything we have that comes from God and we are not the owner of what we possess but are stewards of God's gift and goodness. By offering a new day to God we ask for God's guidance in our thoughts and steps and ask for protection from harm and wrongdoings. As a new life begins each day we place our hope and trust in the Lord as we live not just for ourselves but for the Lord and His people. We celebrate a new life more solemnly once a week on Sunday and twice a year at Christmas and Easter to acknowledge God is the creator of life and we are renewed in his resurrection and glory.

Both the synagogue official, Jairus, whose daughter was in her death bed and the woman who suffered from an incurable illness believed that their problems were beyond human power. They placed their trust in Jesus and both received what they asked for. The man firmly believed that Jesus had the power to give life; and the woman believed that Jesus had the power over illnesses and diseases and both were right. No one knew that Jesus could reveal her thoughts. She alone thought that if she could touch his cloak she would be healed. She was frightened and his disciples were surprised when Jesus asked who touched me?

Christ touched our lives with God's love and mercy and we hope that it will change our lives to be more like Jesus. Whatever happens on a new day we believe that God mysteriously journeys with us and we are never left untended.