Tuesday, 1 February 2022 : 4th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today as we listened to the words of the Sacred Scriptures, all of us are called to put our faith in the Lord and entrust ourselves in His providence and love. We must not allow the distractions of worldly glory and power to distract us from the path that Our Lord has shown to each and every one of us. The Lord has told us to believe that in Him alone and we should not follow the path as showed by Absalom, the son of David, King of Israel.

In our first reading today, we have heard from the Book of the prophet Samuel about the time when Absalom, one of the most prominent sons of David rebelled against his father in an attempted coup-d’etat. Absalom was a proud man who had always gained the favour of his father and the people, and was likely the favourite to be the one to succeed his father as King of Israel. He gathered the people to his side and brought his forces to seize Jerusalem and made David his father to flee with some trusted advisors.

Absalom tried to seize power, but God had not chosen him to be king over Israel. Absalom was ambitious and proud, and depended on his power and might to gain glory and kingship for himself, and that was why God had not chosen him to be the one to succeed David, and did not bless his actions and attempts to seize power. Instead, God remained with David and reassured him, and Absalom’s rebellion eventually failed, and the young rebel lost his life. David still grieved over his son despite Absalom having betrayed him and attempted to seize power from him.

In our Gospel passage today, we heard how the Lord Jesus cared for His people in need, reaching out to the sick and dying, in His efforts to reach out to us, sickened and afflicted sons and daughters of man. For we are suffering not only from the physical maladies and troubles, but even more importantly, many of us are suffering the consequences of our sinfulness, our disobedience against God and our refusal to put our trust and faith in Him.

We heard how the Lord Jesus went on a journey to the house of Jairus, a synagogue official upon hearing from him that his daughter was very sick and was on the verge of death. We heard then how a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhage or bleeding problem was healed by the Lord as He saw the great faith that she had in Him, as she believed that even if she just quietly came to touch the fringe of the Lord’s cloak, she would be healed.

That condition had affected her for many years, and she must have been trying to hide it as her symptoms would have made her to be considered unclean and even sinful. Yet, the Lord in His great love embraced her and made her whole again, affirming her and her faith before all the assembled people and everyone who were gathered around them. The Lord praised her faith and trust in the Lord, and blessed her for all that she had done, in gathering her courage to seek the Lord.

We also heard then how Jairus and his family had faith in the Lord even though his young daughter had passed away by the time the Lord reached his place. Although the other people assembled there laughed at the Lord and ridiculed Him when He said that she was only sleeping, it was implied that Jairus, who had such great faith in the Lord to go and seek the Lord in the first place, kept that faith he had in the Lord and he never stopped believing in Him.

Thus that was how the Lord came to raise the dead daughter of Jairus back into life, He Who is the Almighty God, the Master of life and death, and the Resurrection and the Life Himself. The Lord restored Jairus’ daughter to him, and showed His disciples and all of us at the same time, that death will not have the final say over us. He Himself shall overcome death for our sake, and by His suffering and death on the Cross, Christ has brought upon us the certainty and assurance of eternal life.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all therefore seek the Lord our God with renewed faith and zeal, and with all of our hearts and might. Let us all renew our commitment to follow Him and serve Him at every opportunities given to us. May the Lord continue to guide us and strengthen us much as how He has strengthened His servants, King David and many other of our fellow brothers and sisters, who have dedicated themselves to God and had gone before us. May God be with us always, now and forevermore. Amen.

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