Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time
February 4, 2020

WORD of the DAY

Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
(Mark 5: 36)

How shall I live this Word?

The head of the synagogue is an eminent figure in the Jewish society of the time. A serious misfortune happened to him: his little daughter is dead. Many are now announcing this to the eminent person who is their father. Warning! Here Jesus intervenes with an observation which is the opposite of the event. He, who has not seen anything and who until then was not informed, says something absolutely unexpected: “the girl is not dead but sleeping.”

What happens next reveals the truth of Christ who was able to say about Himself: “I am the Resurrection and the life”. Powerful and tender at the same time is the gesture of Lord bending over the dead girl, taking her hand. What happens is the victory of Christ God over the mists of human unbelief. It is also the manifestation of the Man-God, whose omnipotence is revealed by the healing gesture.
The whole episode culminates in what Jesus says to reassure her father: “Just have faith.”

Lord, let an existential question emerge in me. In my days, sometimes marked by minor difficulties, do I let faith become strong and active in me? Please, in a socio-cultural reality strongly tempted by atheistic materialism, increase my faith.

The voice of Kahlil Gibran, Poet
Faith is the knowledge of the heart and goes beyond the power of demonstration.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website:
Blog: Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA

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