One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

June 28, 2009

For the Thirteenth Ordinary Sunday of the Church Year

Mark 5:21-43

[Preached for Children Receiving Their First Holy Communion]

There is more than one story in the Gospel today.
These stories today are about the power of believing in Jesus or the power of faith in Jesus— Jesus Christ.
In one of the stories, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years.
She believed in Jesus.
She had faith in Christ.
She believed that if she could touch his clothes she would stop being sick.
So she came up behind Jesus and touched the back of his clothes in secret, and right away she was not sick anymore.
Christ knew that power had gone out from his own body because the woman had the power of faith.
She believed in Jesus.
If we believe in Jesus Christ, then we already have the power of faith.
The power of our faith works together with the power of Christ.
That’s why Jesus told the woman that her own faith had made her healthy again.
The power of Jesus Christ works together with the power of our faith.
There’s another story in the Gospel today, and this other story is also about the power of believing or faith.
A twelve-year old girl got very sick, and she died.
Her father believed in Jesus Christ, so her father had the power of faith.
Christ told her father to use the power of faith.
The “faith power” of the girl’s father worked together with the power of Christ’s body so that when Christ touched the dead girl, and told her to get up, she came back to life.
Christ did it because the girl’s father had the power of faith.
So these two stories in the Gospel today are about the power of faith that we have because we believe in Jesus Christ.
These two stories are also about the power that comes out of the Body of Christ.
The power of the Body and Blood of Christ always works together with the power of our own faith.
In Communion, in the Body of Christ and the Blood of Christ, Christ touches us with his power.
Even though we don’t see him, we believe in him, we have faith in him,
That is how we touch his power.
The power that is in the Body and Blood of Christ works together with our faith-power.
It helps us to love God and to do what he wants.
It helps us to do good for other persons around us.
It helps us to find happiness.
Because our own faith-power works together with the power of Christ, one day he will come back to us here on earth.
When Christ comes back, even if we are already dead, he will wake us up and bring us back to life.
With his power and our own faith-power, he will change us so that we shall never be sick, and nothing shall ever hurt us, and we shall never die, and we shall be happy forever together with God and all the saints.
In the Body of Christ and the Blood of Christ, we receive Christ and his power.
We need to promise him that we believe in him, and that we want to work with him.
Then, we need to keep our promise, so that the power of Christ helps us.
Let’s promise him right now that we believe in him.

“We believe in one God....”

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







1 Comments:

Blogger ROMVLVS, OBLATVS O.S.B. said...

May the blessings of God fill those faithful children and their parents.

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