Scripture Reflections for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B, Lectionary 98

God is about life and restoring us back to life when we have fallen into suffering, illness and sin. As God is present in our lives, we must take courage to approach Jesus even as the world discourages us and makes us think we have no value or hope. Let us put aside our positions like Jairus or our fears like the woman with the hemorrhage. Let us focus not on time or the wait but on the love Christ personally shows each one of us as he cures us.

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Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15

“So we often don't think of Paul as like a philanthropist or a humanitarian, raising money but that's part of what his mission was”

Catholic Productions | "The Poverty of Christ" | Brant Pitre | July 13, 2021
Mark 5:21-43

“Suffering and adversity can crush us but they can also become instruments of self-transcendence”

"Little lamb, arise" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | June 23, 2024

“Is my sense of fear something useful or unuseful? If it is unuseful more drama comes into our life. If it is useful we have a road to freedom.”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | June 26, 2021

“The first thing that I think that we’re being asked to do is to recognize one another, is to see one another”

Bellarmine Chapel | Fr. Damian Torres-Botello, SJ | June 30, 2024

“If the hem of his garment can bring about such miracle imagine what the whole of Jesus would do”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | June 24, 2024

“Because what kind of Church are we? As a body of Christ when people hear about us do they want to grab on to our clothes or do they want to run away? Are we attracting or repelling the helpless?”

"Healing touch" | Angelo Kurbanali | June 27, 2024

“he says 'you are clean' and now she's back in community. He solves both of her problems that day. Jesus was being inefficient but he was being loving.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "LOVE VS EFFICIENCY" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | June 26, 2021

“Jesus the risen Christ is in the business of faith”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | June 30, 2024

“I do know I see before me Sunday after Sunday people who given their lives over to Jesus. I do know if we come to him it may not always be easy or clean and neat but he's never left you and never will.”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | "Come To Jesus" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | July 1, 2018

“It is not just all about being around Jesus, the disposition with which we come to Jesus is very important. The faith with which we come to Jesus is very important.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | June 22, 2021

“for today my hope is that we can spend time thinking about and appreciating the living and dying and rising that happens in women's lives over and over again, including in their bodily experience, something that is absolutely core to our Christian story”

Catholic Women Preach | Bridget Deegan-Krause | June 27, 2021

“dignity is a gift that we can give each other through sororal and fraternal relationships, marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit. We dignify each other together through daily simple gestures.”

Catholic Women Preach | Sr. Gabriella Bottani | June 19, 2018

“what's fascinating here is that she does not think that Jesus will be made impure by her touching him, rather that she will be made pure, that she will be healed by even just touching his garment”

Catholic Productions | "Jesus and the Woman With a Hemorrhage" | Brant Pitre | February 15, 2023
Overall Readings

“While not all those who suffer will experience a physical cure like the unnamed woman in Mark, her story offers us an important lesson: God sees our suffering and is right by our side guiding us toward hope and the healing power of love.”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Karen Ross | June 21, 2021

“How close are we to touching the garment? How close are we? Is our faith driving us? Are we compelled to be healed, to be restored, to be brought back? Or are we just planning for death?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | June 27, 2021

“We know that our, our God is a, is still in the healing business. Do we fall down before the Lord, before the Holy Spirit?”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | June 27, 2021

“It is beautiful to hear the word of Jesus addressed to each one of us: 'I say to you, stand up. Go and stand up.'”

Catholic Women Preach | Sr. Abby Avelino, MM | June 30, 2024

“‘I don’t have the perfect solution to solve this.’ People of God, it’s not about having the perfect solution, it’s about being present.”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | June 30, 2024

“So Jesus's raising of the little girl in, in this Gospel of Mark, in a sense, it kind of parallels the resurrection of Lazarus in the Gospel of John which is also a sign that points forward to...the triumph over death itself which Jesus is going to bring through his resurrection”

Catholic Productions | "The Raising of Jairus' Daughter and the Origins of Death" | Brant Pitre | April 12, 2023