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>> A READING FROM THE SECOND

BOOK OF SAMUEL.

ABSALOM UNEXPECTEDLY CAME UP

AGAINST DAVID'S SERVANTS.

HE WAS MOUNTED ON A MULE, AND,

AS THE MULE PASSED UNDER THE

BRANCHES OF A LARGE TEREBINTH,

HIS HAIR CAUGHT FAST

IN THE TREE.

HE HUNG BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

WHILE THE MULE HE HAD BEEN

RIDING RAN OFF.

SOMEONE SAW THIS

AND REPORTED TO JOAB

THAT HE HAD SEEN ABSALOM

HANGING FROM A TEREBINTH.

AND TAKING THREE PIKES IN HAND,

HE THRUST FOR THE HEART

OF ABSALOM,

STILL HANGING FROM THE TREE

ALIVE.

NOW DAVID WAS SITTING BETWEEN

THE TWO GATES,

AND A LOOKOUT WENT UP

TO THE ROOF OF THE GATE

ABOVE THE CITY WALL,

WHERE HE LOOKED ABOUT

AND SAW A MAN RUNNING ALL ALONE.

THE LOOKOUT SHOUTED TO INFORM

THE KING, WHO SAID,

IF HE IS ALONE,

HE HAS GOOD NEWS TO REPORT.

THE KING SAID,

STEP ASIDE AND REMAIN

IN ATTENDANCE HERE.

SO HE STEPPED ASIDE

AND REMAINED THERE.

WHEN THE CUSHITE MESSENGER

CAME IN, HE SAID,

LET MY LORD THE KING

RECEIVE THE GOOD NEWS

THAT THIS DAY THE LORD HAS TAKEN

YOUR PART,

FREEING YOU FROM THE GRASP

OF ALL WHO REBELLED

AGAINST YOU.

BUT THE KING ASKED THE CUSHITE,

IS YOUNG ABSALOM SAFE?

THE CUSHITE REPLIED,

MAY THE ENEMIES OF MY LORD

THE KING

AND ALL WHO REBEL AGAINST YOU

WITH EVIL INTENT

BE AS THAT YOUNG MAN!

THE KING WAS SHAKEN,

AND WENT UP TO THE ROOM

OVER THE CITY GATE TO WEEP.

HE SAID AS HE WEPT,

MY SON ABSALOM!

MY SON,

MY SON ABSALOM!

IF ONLY I HAD DIED INSTEAD

OF YOU, ABSALOM,

MY SON, MY SON!

JOAB WAS TOLD THAT THE KING

WAS WEEPING AND MOURNING

FOR ABSALOM;

AND THAT DAY'S VICTORY WAS

TURNED INTO MOURNING

FOR THE WHOLE ARMY

WHEN THEY HEARD

THAT THE KING WAS GRIEVING

FOR HIS SON.

THE WORD OF THE LORD.

THANKS BE TO GOD.

LISTEN, LORD, AND ANSWER ME.

LISTEN, LORD, AND ANSWER ME.

INCLINE YOUR EAR, O LORD;

ANSWER ME,

FOR I AM AFFLICTED AND POOR.

KEEP MY LIFE,

FOR I AM DEVOTED TO YOU;

SAVE YOUR SERVANT

WHO TRUSTS IN YOU.

YOU ARE MY GOD.

LISTEN, LORD, AND ANSWER ME.

HAVE MERCY ON ME, O LORD,

FOR TO YOU I CALL ALL THE DAY.

GLADDEN THE SOUL

OF YOUR SERVANT,

FOR TO YOU, O LORD,

I LIFT UP MY SOUL.

LISTEN, LORD, AND ANSWER ME.

FOR YOU, O LORD,

ARE GOOD AND FORGIVING,

ABOUNDING IN KINDNESS

TO ALL WHO CALL UPON YOU.

HEARKEN, O LORD,

TO MY PRAYER

AND ATTEND TO THE SOUND

OF MY PLEADING.

LISTEN, LORD, AND ANSWER ME.

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>> ♪ CHRIST TOOK AWAY

OUR INFIRMITIES

AND BORE OUR DISEASES

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>> ♪ DOMINUS VOBISCUM

ET CUM SPIRITU TUO

LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII

SECUNDUM MARCUM

GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE

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.

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.

VERBUM DOMINI

LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE

WHAT WE HAVE IN THE GOSPEL TODAY

IS CALLED BY EXEGETES A SANDWICH

TECHNIQUE THAT MARK OFTEN BEGINS

A STORY THEN SLIDES ANOTHER

MEATY STORY IN BEFORE FINISHING

IT OFF, AND SO WE HAVE THE STORY

OF THE HEALING OF THE DAUGHTER

OF JAIRUS, THE RAISING UP A GIRL

TO NEW LIFE.

AND THE HEALING OF

THE WOMAN WITH THE FLOW OF

BLOOD.

THE DAUGHTER OF JAIRUS

HAD BEEN WITH HIM FOR 12 YEARS.

SHE WAS 12 YEARS OLD BUT NOW ON

THE POINT OF DEATH AND IN SORROW

THE FATHER COMES RUNNING TO

JESUS AND NOW ALL THE MORE

SURPRISING IS THE FACT THAT HE

IS THE RULER OF THE SYNAGOGUE.

THAT HE IS WILLING TO PUT HIS

FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, JESUS WHO

HAD ALREADY HEALED SO MANY AND

NOW COULD HEAL HIS DAUGHTER.

THAT JESUS COULD GIVE HIS LITTLE

DAUGHTER LIFE.

WHILE THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY,

A WOMAN WITH THE FLOW

OF BLOOD DARTED INTO THE CROWD

TO INTERFACE, TO TOUCH THE

GARMENTS OF JESUS.

AND SO MANY WERE COMING

TO JESUS AND PRESSING

IN ON HIM, BUT JESUS

RESPONDS ONLY TO THE PRAYER OF

FAITH, THAT HE PERCEIVED THAT

POWER HAD GONE FORTH FROM HIM.

HE CALLS THE WOMAN TO HIMSELF TO

CALM HER FEARS AND ANXIETIES, TO

STRENGTHEN HER FAITH AND TO MAKE

HER WHOLE.

THE WOMAN WHO HAD FOR

12 YEARS TRUSTED IN THE POWER OF

MAN TO HEAL HER, WAS NOW EMPTY

ENOUGH TO COME TO GOD WITH FAITH

IN THIS CHRIST.

JESUS THEN TURNS AGAIN

FROM THIS DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM,

THE WOMAN NOW HEALED

FROM THE FLOW OF BLOOD,

TO THE HOME OF JAIRUS

AND TO HEIGHTEN THE SCENE EVEN

MORE, PEOPLE COME TO THE FATHER,

OTHER PEOPLE FROM THE

SYNAGOGUE OFFICIAL'S HOUSE,

SAYING THAT HIS DAUGHTER

IS DEAD.

DO NOT BOTHER THE TEACHER.

BUT THEY DID NOT KNOW, THEY DO

NOT UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS CAN

RAISE US TO NEW LIFE.

TO A LIFE WHERE SUFFERING,

DISEASE AND DEATH HAVE NO POWER.

JESUS TELLS JAIRUS

NOT TO FEAR BUT ONLY TO BELIEVE.

JESUS TAKES THE GIRL BY HAND

SAYING, LITTLE GIRL,

I SAY TO YOU, ARISE.

FROM THE SLEEP OF DEATH

SHE ARISES IMMEDIATELY AND

BEGINS TO WALK AROUND.

THIS FACT SHOULD CONTINUE

TO IMPRESS US

AND ALL OF ITS VIVID REALITY.

THAT GOD WHO DOES NOT MAKE

DEATH, WHO ONLY MAKES LIFE,

DEEPENS LIFE.

THAT IN JESUS CHRIST THE

POWER OF SIN AND DEATH IS

DESTROYED AND WE ARE FILLED

WITH LIFE.

THIS IS NOT JUST WISHING.

THAT OUR LORD WHO EMBRACES DEATH

IN HIS OWN PASSION TRANSFORMS

FOREVER THE REALITY OF SUFFERING

AND DEATH.

SO IT IS NOT THAT WE WOULD BE;

THE REALITY IS THAT THERE

IS SUFFERING AND DEATH IN THIS

WORLD AND YES OUR LORD PROMISES

US THAT IN HEAVEN THERE WILL BE

NO MORE TEARS, BUT THIS REALITY

IS TRANSFORMED BY OUR FAITH AND

LOVE IN JESUS CHRIST.

THAT THIS IS THE MEANING

OF THE WORDS WE HEAR

IN THE LETTER OF ST. PAUL TO

THE CORINTHIANS.

FOR YOU KNOW THE GRACIOUS ACT OF

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THAT

ALTHOUGH HE WAS RICH, FOR YOUR

SAKE HE BECAME POOR, SO THAT BY

HIS POVERTY YOU MIGHT BECOME

RICH.

THAT CHRIST HUMBLED HIMSELF,

MADE HIMSELF A SERVANT

AND SLAVE SO THAT HE MIGHT HEAL

US BY HIS TOUCH.

JESUS HEARS THE PRAYER

OF FAITH EXPRESSED IN

WORDS AS IN JAIRUS,

OR IN SILENCE FROM THE WOMAN

WITH THE FLOW OF BLOOD WHO

TOUCHES HIS CLOTHING.

HEALING INFIRMITIES

OR FORGIVING SINS,

JESUS ALWAYS RESPONDS TO A

PRAYER OFFERED IN FAITH.

THAT YOUR FAITH HAS MADE

YOU WELL, GO IN PEACE.

HE CONTINUES TO HEAR

THE PRAYER WE VOICE IN FAITH.

IN THE SACRAMENTS

AND ESPECIALLY

RIGHT NOW IN THE SACRAMENT OF

THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK THERE

ARE 3 IMPORTANT ASPECTS THAT

COME FROM THE LETTER OF JAMES.

HE SAYS, ARE THERE ANY WHO ARE

SICK AMONG YOU, LET THEM SEND

FOR THE PRIEST OF THE CHURCH

AND LET THE PRIEST PRAY

OVER THEM, ANOINT THEM

WITH OIL IN THE NAME OF THE

LORD AND, THE PRAYER OF FAITH

WILL SAVE THE SICK PERSONS.

AND THE LORD WILL RAISE

HIM UP, AND IF THEY HAVE

COMMITTED ANY SINS, THEIR SINS

WILL BE FORGIVEN THEM.

SO THERE IS THE PRAYER OF FAITH,

THE LAYING ON OF HANDS BY THE

PRIEST AND OF THE ANOINTING

WITH OIL.

THAT OFTEN IN THE GOSPELS,

JESUS ASKED THE SICK TO BELIEVE.

AND HE USES SIGNS TO HEAL THEM,

LIKE THE LAYING ON OF HANDS.

THE SICK TRY TO TOUCH HIM,

FOR POWER CAME FORTH FROM

HIM AND HEALED THEM ALL.

SO WE HAVE THIS

BEAUTIFUL EXPRESSION THAT OUR

LORD HIMSELF FELT AND KNEW THIS

POWER WENT FORTH FROM HIM.

IT WAS NOT A SIMPLE THING

THAT JESUS WAS UNAWARE

OF THE MIRACLES OF THE

HEALINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING.

THAT JESUS IS AWARE AT ONCE

THAT POWER HAD GONE

OUT FROM HIM.

IN ANOTHER PLACE IT

SAYS A SIMILAR ASPECT

ABOUT POWER GOING OUT FROM HIM

TO HEAL THEM ALL.

SO THE SACRAMENTS CONTINUE,

JUST AS THE CLOTHING OF JESUS

IN THIS ARE WHAT AFFECTS,

IS THE MEANS TO EFFECT

THE HEALING OF JESUS, THAT

POWER GOES OUT FROM HIM FROM

THIS WHICH IS A CONNECTED

INSTRUMENT, THAT THE SACRAMENTS

CONTINUE TO TOUCH US THAT WE

TOUCH CHRIST IN THE SACRAMENTS

IN ORDER TO BE HEALED.

THAT HE HEALS US

THROUGH THEM.

IN THE EUCHARIST WE NOT ONLY

TOUCH CHRIST, BUT WE RECEIVE HIM

IN THE SACRAMENT.

BUT LIKE THE CROWD

IN THE GOSPEL WE USUALLY

TEND TO JUST BUMP INTO HIM.

THAT WE ARE NOT

TOTALLY TRANSFORMED,

MADE WHOLE IN THE SAME WAY THAT

THE WOMAN WAS.

JESUS IS ALWAYS PURE

AND HOLY IN THE SACRAMENT.

BUT OUR FAITH, OUR CHARITY,

THE HOPE WITH WHICH WE RECEIVE

HIM NEEDS ALWAYS TO GROW.

ALWAYS MAY GROW.

THAT WE MUST BE EMPTY TO

RECEIVE THE FULLNESS OF THE

RICHES OF CHRIST IN THE

SACRAMENTS.

SO ALL HEALING IS A

PROMISE OF HEAVEN.

A SIGN OF HEAVEN.

THAT JESUS SHOWS US THAT DEATH

DOES NOT HAVE THE FINAL SAY.

THAT THERE IS SOMETHING MORE.

IN ALL THE SACRAMENTS, AND

IN A SPECIAL WAY BAPTISM, THE

ANOINTING OF THE SICK AND THE

EUCHARIST, WE HAVE A PROMISE OF

ETERNAL LIFE.

AND WE NO LONGER HAVE

TO FEEL OUTCAST LIKE THE

WOMAN WHO FEARED EVEN TO BE NEAR

THE CROWDS.

THAT WE ALSO CAN OVERCOME

THE FEELINGS OF UNCLEANNESS,

OF ISOLATION, OF BEING

CUT OFF, BY REACHING OUT

AND TOUCHING CHRIST THE LORD.

ALLOWING HIM TO LOOK UPON US

WITH INTIMACY.

IN THAT PERSONAL CONTACT

WITH HIM, LIFE FLOWS AND

WE ARE MADE WHOLE

IN JESUS CHRIST.

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