Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 27, 2021
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Seymour, Texas

Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Mark 5:21-43

Today’s Gospel records two miracles.  While Jesus is in route to visit the dying daughter of a synagogue official, a woman touches His cloak.  She had suffered for twelve years, exhausting all her money on doctors who were unable to help her.  She is in the same category as a leper, an outcast from the community, and in her desperation, she will try anything that offers her hope.  Her physical illness is also symbolic of the effect of evil and sin on the entire human person — body and soul.

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