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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, Chapter 3, Verses 17-21 and Chapter 4, Verses 1-3.
Brethren: Be ye followers of me, and observe them who walk so as you have our model. For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping), that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; Whose end is destruction; whose God is their belly; and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things. But our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself. Therefore, my dearly beloved brethren, and most desired, my joy and my crown; so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beg of Evodia, and I beseech Syntyche, to be of one mind in the Lord. And I entreat thee also, my sincere companion, help those women who have laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement and the rest of my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 9, Verses 18-26.
At that time, as Jesus was speaking to the crowds, behold a certain ruler came up, and adored him, saying: Lord, my daughter is even now dead; but come, lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus rising up followed him, with his disciples. And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment. For she said within herself: If I shall touch only his garment, I shall be healed. But Jesus turning and seeing her, said: Be of good heart, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. And when Jesus was come into the house of the ruler, and saw the minstrels and the multitude making a rout, He said: Give place, for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. And when the multitude was put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand. And the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that country.
Thus far are the words of today’s Holy Gospel.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
This is why you find her in today’s Gospel on the road, assuredly not by coincidence on the same road on which Christ, with His disciples, were following Jairus who had, shortly before then, gone to Christ, “and adored him, saying: Lord, my Daughter is even now dead; but come, lay Thy hand upon her, and she shall live” (Matthew 9:18).
Thus it came about that Christ was responding to not one, but two acts of Faith. Christ healed this woman while He was traveling on the road to raise the dead Daughter of Jairus to life.
Saint Jerome, a Father of the Catholic Church, considers this woman to be a representation of the Gentiles where he says:
“Indeed, it seems that by this case our Saviour wished to call our attention to the vocation of the Gentiles; for we read in the Psalms: Ambassadors shall come out of Egypt ; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God (Psalm 67:32)” (Saint Jerome, Sermon on Matthew 9:20-22).This is the same purport of Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas to the envious progeny of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to whom they “said boldly: To you it behoved us first to speak the word of God: but because you reject it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord hath commanded us: I have set thee to be the light of the Gentiles: that thou mayest be for salvation unto the utmost part of the earth” (Acts 13:46-47) by which they quoted the Lord’s command prophecized by the Prophet Isaias (Isaias 49:6).
During His public ministry, Christ frequently comforted the afflicted, helped the suffering, healed the sick, and raised the dead to life. In doing this, Christ gave all of us many examples of the practice of the Virtues of Charity and Mercy.
God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of Saint James, teaches all of us that:
“Religion clean and undefiled before God the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation” (James 1:27).Christ Himself teaches:
“Be ye merciful, as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6: 36). Both the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy will be most especially decisive on the Day of Judgment because whoever diligently practices them can hope for a merciful judgment, according to the promise of Christ: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).If, God forbid, you end up in Purgatory, you will be released and go to Heaven much more quickly if, during your lifetime, you were merciful towards the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory. All of the Masses you had requested be offered for them, plus all of your prayers, indulgences, and especially Plenary Indulgences, that you apply to them in your exercise of the Virtues of Charity and Mercy, shall not be in vain because, not only do these things help the Souls in Purgatory now, but they shall help you later if you have the misfortune to end up in Purgatory. How so? Because God will inspire those still in this mortal life to help you in the same exact way, and to the same exact degree, to which you helped others when you were in this mortal life.
Returning now to the woman with an issue of blood who came to our Lord, consider how she was sick for twelve years. During those 12 years, all the remedies she tried were fruitless and her illness become chronic; instead of improving, her health was failing more and more every day.
Today, almost 2,000 years later, there are still some people who languish for months and years in sickness, in great need, and in total misery. When they try all possible means to remove their cross of sickness and suffering, and hope for improvement, it is always in vain. What are such persons to do ?
Should they be come impatient or lose courage or become faint-hearted? No. Rather, they should calmly persevere in patience and never cease to say: “Lord, may Thy Holy will be done unto me.”
In the real Spiritual Life, lingering diseases are not an evil, but rather a great advantage. Why? Because the longer a person must suffer, the more that person can atone for one’s sins, and the more that person can gain greater merit for Heaven.
Notice how this woman, in the depths of her affliction, sought relief from mankind for many years - but it was all in vain. Yet, when at last her Faith brought her to Christ, she immediately got the help she needed and had wished for all those twelve long agonizing years.
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For your resolutions, by the Grace of God, beginning right now, firmly resolve to lways have recourse to whatever remedies are available, including whatever natural remedies may also be helpful towards the total restoration of one’s health and vitality. However, at the same time, you should also have recourse to God and ask God to Bless whatever remedies you and/or your doctor have chosen to help you.
Spiritually, one of the first things you should do is to make an examination of conscience and then go to Confession so that your soul can be cleansed of sin and its harmful side-effects. Most people tend to forget that sin does have harmful side-effects, including, but not always limited to, temporal punishment due to sin - which latter should be cleansed while still in this life by gaining indulgences, preferably Plenary Indulgences.
Remember how the woman, having great faith, trust, and confidence in Christ touched the hem of his garment and was instantly healed! From this we learn to always have faith, trust and confidence in Christ in all areas of our life. Resolve now to pray to God to be filled to overflowing with faith, trust and confidence in Christ.
Saint Jerome draws our attention to this where he says:
“Note, again, our Lord did not say to the woman that her faith would make her whole that is, clean, but thy faith hath made thee whole. It was to give her to understand that, as soon as she believed, she was cured.”So then, pray to God that you, too, may have this same courageous faith as this woman had.
As a final resolution, in the Holy Name of Jesus, and in an exercise of Catholic Charity, please contribute to the support of the Church. Please help us to save Souls! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and Charity! Remember, God is never outdone in generosity!!!
Think how happy you will be when, in the next life, God shows you all of the Souls you helped to save by helping our Apostolates, including this Sermon web site, because "he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins" (James 5:20).
“And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing. Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10).“And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself: If I shall touch only His garment, I shall be healed. But Jesus turning and seeing her, said: Be of good heart, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (GOSPEL, Matthew 9:20-22).
“And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself: If I shall touch only His garment, I shall be healed. But Jesus turning and seeing her, said: Be of good heart, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (GOSPEL, Matthew 9:20-22).