A Scriptural Treasure Trove

A Reflection for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Staff, Sr. Marie Lucey

This reflection was originally posted in our June 22nd newsletter


It may be “ordinary time,” but this week’s scripture readings are extraordinarily rich. The Book of Wisdom reminds us that God “fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome…”(Wisdom 1:14). This wisdom is not lost on Pope Francis as evidenced in his beautiful and challenging encyclical “Laudato Si” released on June 18th. Pope Francis acknowledges the wisdom of both St. Bonaventure and St. Francis of Assisi, who, without scientific grounding, perceived the relationship within all of creation. All creatures have “being,” are “wholesome,” and are brother and sister to us.


St. Paul offers another insightful treasure: “…as a matter of equality your abundance… should supply their needs, so that their abundance may also supply your needs, that there may be equality.” (2 Cor:14) What a relevant message for our country and others which experience dramatic economic inequality. Would that Paul could join Pope Francis when he addresses the U.S. Congress in September.


Finally, we have the gift of the gospel. As a woman, I’m grateful to Mark for his account of Jesus and two daughters. I hope that parishes reject the option to omit the story of the woman suffering for years with hemorrhages, the bleeding woman seen as unclean by society but whom Jesus cures saying, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace…”Evidently, Mark considered it important to juxtapose the cure of the hemorrhaging woman with raising to life the young daughter of Jairus. Two daughters are given new life by Jesus. For women, blood is part of the natural life cycle, bodies being prepared for the possibility to conceive and give birth. Jairus’ daughter, possibly just beginning her menstrual cycle, is given this opportunity, while the mature woman who bleeds excessively is cured.


Jesus is moved by compassion for both daughters. He does not see bleeding as unclean. Like all of us, he was born in blood from a woman’s body. He will die bleeding on a cross. As we reflect on today’s readings, may we have the wisdom to acknowledge that “all creatures of the world are wholesome,” to seek equality for all, and to reverence our own bodies and those of others as sacred gifts fashioned not for death but for life.


Sr. Marie Lucey

FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations

Published in: on June 23, 2015 at 8:56 am  Leave a Comment  

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