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Jun 20 Homily Connect: God is With Us

Scripture: Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24    2Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15    Mt 5:21-43

Reading From Wisconsin

  • Reminds us God does not bring death or rejoice in destruction
  • Evil, intolerance come through humankind – not God
  • God does not create illness or suffering but is with us through it all

Today’s Readings speak of life

  • Our most precious gift 
  • From womb to tomb – unborn to the elderly – gifted, disabled – every color, race, creed
  • From everyone’s first breath to last

God’s Desire

  • We know, love and serve him
  • To know God is to freely surrender – Put your trust and faith in Him at all times
  • Struggles test our faith – family issues, health, job , marriage, death
  • God never abandons – Wraps arms around us even tighter

America’s got talent – a contestant

  • Thirty year old woman with terminal spine, lung and liver cancer performed original song It’s Okay
  • Jane said, “I am so much more than the bad things that happened to me…You can’t wait until lie isn’t hard to be happy.” 
  • Jane sees the value of life – She “walks by faith and not by sight” (2Corinth 5:7)

In Today’s Gospel

  • The synagogue official and the hemorrhaging woman
  • Jarius could have dismissed Jesus when hearing of daughter’s death
  • Jesus was there to show His gift of life for all at the house and for us
  • For twelve years hemorrhaging woman used her resources for doctors with no help
  • Outcast woman, breaking social rules was not willing to throw in the towel
  • In faith and trust, touched His cloak and was healed
  • Each morning I pray, “Lord, I do not know what this day holds, help me to put my faith and trust in you.”

Today

  • We gather to give thanks and praise to our God
  • Let us trust in Jesus’ physical and spiritual healings of our struggles – mending our body and soul
  • Let us be a healing instrument to others who are struggling
  • Believe in the words found in scripture: be not afraid, trust in the Lord, walk by faith, value others, and choose life. 

Questions for Reflection

  • What impacted you from today’s Readings and/or homily?
  • Have you been able to surrender yourself to God? In what circumstances? What was that like?
  • When have you walked by faith and not by sight? Are you able to do it in a consistent manner? If not, what would help you?

Live Connected

  • Reflect upon your life; identify times when Jesus has been a healing instrument of your struggles.  Share it with another person. 
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