Thanks to all who make this radio broadcast possible, today June 27, the thirteenth Sunday in ordinary time. In all the Catholic churches of the world the Gospel according to Saint Mark is read, chapter 5 verses 21 to 43.
In today’s Gospel we find two people of deep faith, the woman who suffered from blood haemorrhages since she was 12 years old and the father of the girl who is dying. The woman had an immense desire to heal, the blood flows would be very annoying and unpleasant. She could not have children and for a Hebrew woman this was a frustration, a shame; but she did not tire even though she had spent all of her fortune seeking to heal. Hearing about Jesus, she had the hunch that he, divine physician, could heal her and fell behind, she went ahead of the crowd that surrounded Jesus and had the faith that even if she only touched Jesus’ robe, she would heal, and that’s how it was. . Faith works miracles, faith healed her and filled her with peace. Dear sick people, touch Jesus, get close to him through prayer, reading the Bible, receiving the sacraments of penance where we receive God’s forgiveness and peace; the communion where we identify ourselves with Christ and the anointing of the sick where we receive God’s strength to cope with illness. We pray for the sick the prayer found in the Popular Devotional:
Father, I am living something hard, I would like not to live it, but like Christ in the garden of olive trees I tell you: your will be done and not mine. I acknowledge that I have sinned, but I am sure that my illness is not a punishment. Christ, who did not commit sin, suffered as no one has suffered. I know that suffering for suffering is not what pleases you, because you ask me to do everything possible to heal me. I also know that what makes suffering great is love. That is why I ask you to free me from all selfishness and help me to live the present moment in peace and in thanksgiving. I believe that you will give me today your grace for today, tomorrow your grace for tomorrow. My strength is the cross of Christ and his resurrection. Ardently wishing for your kingdom to come, I offer you my life with all that I am and have. I ask you for all men, my brothers, especially for those who suffer the most. I also thank you for all the men who fight in the world to overcome and alleviate pain and disease. Most Holy Virgin, you who were by the power of the Holy Spirit at the foot of the cross, help me to remain firm in my faith, serene in my pain and patient in my illness. Father, whatever it is, I thank you. Amen.
Jairo is a great man of faith, he begged Jesus for the healing of his daughter. Jesus accompanies the father of the dying girl, as he today he accompanies all the fathers whose sons and daughters are sick. When he arrives at Jairo’s house, everyone announces that the girl died. But Jesus continues despite the uproar of the people, the screams, the cries and the mocking laughter, when he said that the girl is not dead but asleep, and he comes to the girl’s room and says: “Hey girl, get up ”. And the girl got up and she began to walk, and Jesus tells the family: “Give the girl food.” We pray for sick children, for their mothers and fathers, for their relatives and we ask Jesus to accompany us. Cry with us, pray with us.
The word cemetery comes from the Greek term coemeterium which means “bedroom”. At the entrance of many cemeteries we read: requiescat in pace, “rest in peace”. On the door of the Colón cemetery we read: Janua Sum Pacis, “door of peace.” The remains of our deceased rest and sleep in peace awaiting the final resurrection.
Many cemeteries are full of crosses and images of the Virgin and they tell us that the saints and Jesus himself accompany us in pain until the end of time when Christ himself returns to bless all the work of love done in this humanity. At the entrance of the Colón cemetery you will see three images that symbolize faith, hope and charity. At the center is faith, by which we believe. Our faith affirms that the crucified Christ has risen. To the right of the image of faith is hope, which is announced to us by Saint Paul in his first letter to the Christians of Thessalonica, chapter 4 verses 13 to 18. The end of our dead is not the grave. To the left of the image of faith is charity. Christ in the Gospel according to Saint Luke chapter 10 verses 25 to 37 explains that the true happiness of this life and eternal happiness are achieved by living love, harmony and charity. What the church tells us through these three images leads us to be happy in this life and later in the eternal with our dead.
With death, which is the separation of the soul and the body, the latter falls into corruption, while the soul, which is immortal, goes to meet the judgment of God and hopes to rejoin the body when it resurfaces generously transformed into the second. coming of the Lord to take us to the house of heaven. If we have died with Christ we will also live with him, death is not the end of the road. José Martí has said: “The grave is the way and not the end.” He has also said: “If this human life ended here on Earth it would be a disgusting and barbaric invention.
Today Christ also tells us: talita cumi, “hey, get up.” To those who are discouraged, sad, regretful, desperate: “talita cumi”, “hey, get up.” To those who mourn the illness and death of those they love, “talita cumi”, “hey, get up.” To parents who suffer from the wrong path of their children, “talita cumi”, “hey, get up.” To the children abandoned by their parents, “talita cumi”, “hey, get up.” To all, hey, get up and walk, continue and carry out the personal, family, ecclesial and social mission that God has entrusted to you by creating you, by giving you his gifts, by keeping your heart beating.
On Tuesday we celebrate the solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul. To get to know them well, we read their letters. On Wednesday, June 23, the Pope told us:
“After a long itinerary dedicated to prayer, today we begin a new cycle of catechesis. I hope that with this new itinerary of prayer we have managed to pray a little better, to pray a little more. Today I want to reflect on some themes that the Apostle Paul proposes in his Letter to the Galatians. It is a very important letter; I would even say decisive. NOT only to get to know the apostle better, but above all to consider some arguments that he faces in depth showing the beauty of the Gospel. In this letter, Paul cites several biographical references that allow us to understand his conversion and his decision to put his life at the service of Jesus Christ. He also faces some very important issues for faith, such as freedom, grace and the Christian’s way of life, which are extremely current, because they touch on many aspects of the life of the Church today. This is a very current letter, it seems written for our time ”.
Read the first chapter of the First Letter of the Apostle Saint Peter. Call the archbishopric telephone 78624000. Tell us the phrase that most captivated you, we will send you an autobiography of Saint Peter.
On July 29, several priests celebrate the anniversary of their priestly ordination, we pray for them.
Santa María de la Caridad, mother of parents Santiago and Fernando, take care of the health of your children so that they can continue to heal their sheep. Lord Jesus Christ, who called Father José Félix Baldrich and Bishop Rodolfo Loiz, make them more and more parents, teachers, comforters and sanctifiers. Good Father God, we thank you for having created, loved and anointed Fathers Juan Carlos Fuentes and Manuel Cortina. Help them sing your glory and serve your people. Holy Spirit who anointed Father Dariel Fong, keep your role alive and growing so that with fervor he does his best every day, celebrate Mass and offer it for his sheep, family, friends and the deceased. We thank you, God the Father, for having thought and created Alfredo San Juan Gilarte, Charles Monegal and Eduardo Enrique Fonseca to be priests. What a nice gift. Amen. Congratulate them.
We unite ourselves to Christ spiritually …
The blessing of almighty God the Father who created us to be happy; the blessing of Jesus Christ, the way of love; the blessing of the Holy Spirit who will resurrect our mortal bodies; and the company of the Virgin is always with us. Amen.