13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Rev. Richard Mullins (Pastor, St. Thomas Apostle ParishI) preaching homily for 13th Sunday in Ordinary time on July 1, 2018 in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington DC.

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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Jesus manifests His saving power in two inter-knotted miracles. Physical healing brings to mind our salvation as He says, “Your faith has saved you.” According to Leviticus 15:19 a woman was considered unclean and would also make unclean all those who touched her. She was therefore prohibited from mingling with others. Her faith, however, drove her to break the Law of “Purification” and risk a scandal. She heard these consoling words, “Your faith has saved you”.

We can ask a very philosophical cum theological question today. Who is responsible for a miracle? Does it come from the faith of the one who asks or from Christ who works the miracle? Or better still, with our news media filled with “Miracle Workers”, who is the author of miracles, the one asking or the self-acclaimed miracle worker of Christ? If a miracle depends solely on a person’s faith or that of the self-acclaimed miracle worker, then what is the difference between the faithful who asks God for a cure and the one who goes to any soothsayer or “Ngambe” healer? God is the Sole master of every situation. The collaboration He expects of us is to live our faith.

The people coming to Jesus were, of course, far from recognising Him as the Son of God, but they were convinced that God would give them some blessing through this prophet and holy man. Their faith prepared them to receive bodily and spiritual healing. How can God heal those who refuse hope? Jesus’ power stood out. He was conscious that healing power had gone out from him. “Your faith has saved you’” This can also be translated as your faith has made you well. In fact, that woman risked all and finally saw how much God loved her.

The same is true for the second miracle about the raising from the dead of the little girl in Jarius’ house. Jesus tells Jairius not to be afraid but to only believe. But how much faith does a man need not to give up even when he knows his daughter is already dead! But Jesus tells us today, “believe only”, as He has power even over death. Our faith is in Jesus Christ, who is true God and true Man (CCC 423). Born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ is “the eternal Son of God made man.” “From His fullness have we all received, grace upon grace” (Jn 1:16) (CCC 423).

“Your faith has saved you.” Lord I have faith, Save me!

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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Fr. Vincent Hawkswell

In baptism “we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God,” thus becoming “gods” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says. (Josh Applegate/Unsplash)


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“God did not make death,” says this Sunday’s First Reading. He “created man for incorruption.” In the Gospel Reading, Jesus actually reverses death.

Only God has everlasting life by nature. However, “just as the Father possesses life in himself, so he has granted it to the Son to have life in himself,” Jesus said. The Son is begotten, not made; he has the nature of his Father.

In contrast, we are made by God, not begotten. We do not have God’s nature. However, from the beginning, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “man was destined to be fully ‘divinized’ by God in glory.” That is, God planned to make man divine, like himself: to give man his own nature.

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Fr. Michael CHUA



One of the most ideal times to go sightseeing in a temperate country would be during Autumn. You would not just be confronted with the white snow-covered branches of the trees in winter or the various hues of green in spring and summer. The highlight of Autumn, a thing of great beauty, is to see the magnificent changing colours of the foliage. It is as if God Himself took His palette of gorgeous colours to paint His entire creation anew. But let’s not overlook the obvious. As the colours come alive, the reality is that nature is going dormant, even dying, and paradoxically, nature does not get any more beautiful than at the moment of its dying. This cycle of nature is foreshadowing our own deaths. Nature serves as an important reminder which funerals occasionally do, that “all things passes, only God remains.” (St Teresa of Avila)

Nobody has ever discovered a means to avoid death despite advances in computer-chip implant technology and blueberry super antioxidant nutrition. Even those in perfect health must recognise that their health can fail in a heartbeat. The best we can hope for is to somewhat extend our lives. But the blunt and painful truth is that we will all die, and the uncertainties surrounding how we will die, are disquieting. Death may be a perfect muse for poetry but when it hits too close to home, there is really nothing poetic about it. The prospect of death can haunt us like a bad dream. This is because the certainty of death brings with it another inevitability. We will be separated forever from the things of this world and death will seal our fate for eternity. The obituary section of newspapers awaits us all. So it is important for our peace of soul to consider these facts in more detail.

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Fr. Austin Fleming



Today we get a gospel “twofer”– two healing stories for the price of one, one inserted in the other. In the first story, Jairus, the synagogue official, doesn’t hesitate to step forward and in front of a large crowd to plead that Jesus come to his house to heal his daughter who is critically ill. As that same crowd follows Jesus to Jairus’ house, the woman suffering from hemorrhages quietly, anonymously, comes up behind Jesus and touches his cloak, praying softly that she be healed.

I suspect that gathered in this church right now are many folks, like the synagogue official, unafraid to approach Jesus to ask for some healing and quick to invite family and friends to join in that prayer as well.

And there are others here, too, I’m sure, who desire some healing but who aren’t sure how to ask or how to pray for it,
who aren’t sure if the Lord hears or listens to their prayers. Like the woman in the crowd, these folks might slip into church here hoping to get close enough to Jesus to somehow touch him and even if they don’t know the words to pray,
to let him know they need his help.

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Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr



There are times and situations where we are in a hurry to see the fruits of our labour. Other times too, we wonder: when will this person change? When don’t see the fruit or when the person doesn’t change as soon as we expect, we are frustrated. How do this Sunday’s readings assure us? What can we learn from the patience of organic farming?.

It’s common to find in some farm shops foodstuffs labelled “organic”. What they want to show is that those products have been produced in the manner that respects the environment: no chemicals and no manipulations. Often, such organic products take relatively long time to grow, involving a prolonged period of work. Then you understand why they are likely to be a bit expensive. Behind the label “organic” isn’t there something godly and evangelic?

Looking at myself, others and the world we live in I can imagine the mark that God has stamped on us: “It’s organic”. His patience for Adam and Eve who distanced themselves from his love, and for Israel who broke the covenant many times just show that those practising organic farming, probably, they copied it from God.

Fr. Chama’s homily is divided into the following sections:

  • It’s Organic
  • Organic farming, the practice of his son too!
  • But not everyone acted like him!
  • Gospel of love and patience
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Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino



Fear destroys our capacity for faith. When we have faith, we know that no matter what the outcome of a situation may be in this world, there is infinitely more to life than what our eyes see. There will be a better outcome than we could ever imagine. If we have faith, we know that if a situation does not work out, we will still be a better person for having been in that situation. The old hack that it is better to love and lose than never to love is true. People enter into marriage, or in my case become priests, or women become sisters, because they have faith that God is leading them in a direction which will only turn out positive in the long run no matter what the immediate result is. I spent 14 years in a religious congregation. Priesthood was always right for me, but I was not a good fit for the religious congregation. Still, I am a better priest because of those 14 years and because of that congregation, the Salesians of St. John Bosco. I was blessed by not being afraid to join the Salesians, and then blessed by not being afraid to take a step from the secure life they gave me.  My story is no different than the story of anyone who refuses to give in to fear. St John of the Cross wrote something that every husband here and every wife here and every one of us must have the courage to live in our lives. St John of the Cross wrote, “I went without discerning to that for which my heart was yearning.” We must have faith in God to guide us and not be slaves to fear.

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Fr. George Smiga



A woman had heard that one of her favorite TV personalities was making a rare personal appearance at her neighborhood mall and she was determined to see him. But when she arrived at the mall, she realized that several hundred other people had a similar idea. There was no place to park.  For twenty minutes she drove her car around the mall looking for a place without success. Finally, in desperation, she raised her eyes to heaven and said: “Lord, help me. If you provide a parking space for me, I promise I will put $300 in the collection next Sunday. When she turned into the next row, there, miraculously, was an empty space. She raised her eyes to heaven again and said: “Never mind, I found one.”

When we are desperate, we turn to the Lord. But it is clear that for most of us we would rather handle things ourselves. When we have no other options, when we have painted ourselves into a corner, when we are at our wits end, we cry out to the Lord to help us. But when things are running smoothly, when our finances and our relationships are healthy and productive, we congratulate ourselves on how our earnest efforts and wise decisions have led to our success.

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The Gosple talks about healing and life. And how this is what God wants to do. He gives us healing and life. Now sometimes people sit there and think of God as just wanting us to suffer. You know I once had a, one of my spiritual directees, he says “Father, I don’t suffer enough. I’m going to pray that I suffer more.” I said “don’t you dare. I forbid you to pray that you get more suffering in your life.” Well he disobeyed me, of course, and God got him. He might‘a had hangnail or something and he cried for three weeks. You know we think that we need more suffering in our life. If you think you need more suffering, come up here, I’ll hit ya. Ya got it? I’ll give ya some suffering. That’ll be as simple as it is. Don’t ever pray for suffering! Pray for healing and life. Now suffering will come to all of us, it’s part of love. Love of God and love of neighbor. If you give your life away, you’re gonna suffer. But it’s a joyful suffering. We don’t go and have this suffering that keeps us focused on ourselves.

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Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ



St. Paul’s message of grace is about Mev Puleo. I first met her when she was a college student—vivacious, intelligent, and wonderfully on fire. There was a splendor to her joy. Energy sparked her writings, her talk, her photographic genius. Later, in the hope that others might see her work, I proposed a book called Faces of Poverty, Faces of Christ—my words, her pictures worth a thousand words.

This was only a small part of her labors. Mev was a theologian, like her husband, Mark Chmiel, at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, and her photography graced journals and newspapers. She attended to the poor, especially of Central and South America. She revealed their faces. She recorded their voices.

But then it was Mev who is poor. She who was rich, as St. Paul writes, “in every respect, in faith and discourse, in knowledge, in total concern,” was powerless before the threat of death. Her brain hosted an incurable malignancy allowing only a 40 percent chance of living three short years. The poor then has to speak for her.

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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The Book of Wisdom offers us the strange assertion that God did not make death, for he formed humanity to be imperishable. This revelation directs us towards the truth that death is much more than merely the dissolution of the body; it is the full impact of the power of sin over our lives. This power is especially evident in our fear of death. The dormition of the Mother of God offers us a sign that Christ has given to humanity a way that takes us not only beyond our fear of death but beyond death itself. The way of Christ enables us to face the power of death with trust rather than fear.


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The Book of Leviticus outlines laws, practices and directives of things, people and animals that are unclean and shouldn’t be touched. But Jesus decisively touches the unclean, allows himself to be touched, and sets about a new course for those who follow him. The new laws ask followers to believe in him, trust in him, and become a part of his community.


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In order to understand the power of our Gospel reading for this week, we must attend to the book of Leviticus. In that great rule-book of Israelite life, we hear that contact with a hemorrhaging woman or with a corpse would result in ritual uncleanliness. When Jesus touches the hemorrhaging woman and the dead daughter of Jairus, he is not made unclean; in fact he makes them clean. In so doing, he redefines what it means to be a member of the true people of Israel.

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“God did not make death …for he fashioned all things that they might have being.” This line from the first reading is not only an assertion that tells us something about God; it is a mandate for his people to stand against the power of death and to defend and promote life. Likewise, the raising of the dead girl to life, recounted in the Gospel passage, is not simply a story about what Jesus did; it is a summons to his people to do it again and again as they build a Culture of Life in the world.

One could ask, in the face of miracles like the raising of the dead, why Jesus did not do it more frequently. The answer is that his miracle was a sign of the meaning of his mission and ours. His occasional raising of the dead reveals the meaning of everything he is doing at every moment. He is reconciling humanity to God, and hence destroying the very source of death. In the end, all will rise – but they are called first to come to Christ, who is Life itself, and embrace that gift of natural and supernatural life.

We can say, therefore, that the pro-life movement is not simply a response to Roe vs. Wade. Rather, the pro-life movement is a response to Jesus Christ. God is in the business of destroying death, and has done so through Christ. To stand with Christ is to stand with life, and therefore to stand against whatever destroys it. Nothing in our world destroys more life than abortion.

Some wonder why we would preach about abortion at Mass, or be concerned about what, in the eyes of some, is none of our business. Yet it is our business, because we serve a God who destroys death. We are the People of God and the People of Life. It is the business of love to save human lives. In the Mass, we literally touch the victory of life over death. What can be a more appropriate time and place to talk about it?


General Intercessions

Celebrant: Jesus brought healing, comfort, and new life to those who believed. Let us join our prayers of intercession for our needs and the needs of the world.


That the Church and her leaders will continue to be a sign of faith to all people in a world faced with sadness and strife, we pray to the Lord…

That as our nation observes Independence Day later this week, we may give thanks for our freedom and use it in the service of life and of God, we pray to the Lord…

That citizens may recommit themselves to exercising their right and duty to vote in every election, we pray to the Lord…

That God, who did not make death and who is the source of all life, may bring an end to the abortion and all other forms of violence of in our world, we pray to the Lord…

That our community of faith may be a living example of the mystery of God’s presence among us, by our love for each other, we pray to the Lord…

That those who have died may find rest in the tender embrace of God, let us pray to the Lord…

Celebrant:  Loving Father, you are always near to us. Hear these prayers which we make with confidence in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

SOURCE: Priests for Life

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Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

Power Over Sickness And Death

Al Carino

The themes of salvation and faith are intertwined in the two inter-related miracles. Jairus believed that at Jesus’ touch his daughter would be “made well” and the woman was convinced that touching the garments of Jesus would “make her well.”

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Frank Enderle

The Bible tells us that true Christians are easily recognized. They are the generous ones, the ones who support their neighbor, no matter what the nationality of their neighbor may be. And Jesus tells us that we have to decide: are we or are we not true Christians?

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Antonio P. Pueyo

At the risk of being misunderstood, a believer in Jesus cannot be anything else but one who does something to ease suffering. It is an essential part of his life in obedience to and in friendship with Jesus.

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Jeremiah R. Grosse

The Lord Jesus touches us through our brothers and sisters. He touches us through the sacraments and He touches us in a deeply personal way by sending us the Holy Spirit to sustain us on our earthly journey.

Channels of Wellness

Antonio P. Pueyo

There is the amusing story of a man who was suffering from a disease of the legs so that he could not walk. Some relatives insisted on his being treated by a doctor. Other relatives wanted the local “herbolario” or medicine man. To keep the peace, the man decided that the doctor treat one leg and the indigenous healer treat the other leg. What leg got healed first is your end of the story.

Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

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