Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Little girl, I tell you to get up.”

Mark’s Gospel seeks to present Jesus Christ as the Son of God. In this week’s Gospel we see Jesus as the one with the power to save and raise up. He saves the woman from her chronic and painful illness and raised up the girl believed to be dead: ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith’ he says.

In our own lives there is more that we need to have saved and raised up, and Jesus tells us, as he did Jairus, not be afraid, but to believe that he is indeed the Son of God with the power that we need to live.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.


Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living. To be – for this he created all; the world’s created things have health in them, in them no fatal poison can be found, and Hades holds no power on earth. (Wisdom 1:13-14)

  • What do we mean when we say that someone’s death was ‘God’s will?
  •  In the light of this reading how do we explain illness and death?
  •  What does God take pleasure in?
  •  Listen to the Lord who created you for life.


The Lord listened and had pity. The Lord came to my help. For me you have changed my mourning into dancing. O Lord my God, I will thank you forever. (Psalm 29:11-13)

  • When has the Lord come to your help?
  •  Remember the times the Lord listened and had pity.
  •  Thank the Lord for his help.
  •  Listen to the Lord who turns your mourning into dancing.


You always have the most of everything – of faith, of eloquence, of understanding, of keenness for any cause, and the biggest share of our affection – so we expect you to put the most into this work of mercy too. (2 Corinthians 8:7.9)

  • What do you have the most of?
  •  What cause are you keenest on?
  •  What work of mercy are you involved in?
  •  Listen to the Lord who has great affection for you.


 One of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life’. Jesus went with him. (Mark 5:22-24)

  • Over what have you pleaded earnestly with the Lord?
  •  Who do you know who is desperately ill?
  •  Ask the Lord to lay his healing hands on them.
  •  Listen to the Lord who goes with you.


She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. ‘If I can touch even his clothes’, she had told herself, ‘I shall be well again.’ And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint. (Mark 5:27-29)

  • Do you have the faith of this woman?
  •  What healing do you need from the Lord?
  •  Can you ask for that healing with real faith?
  •  Listen to the Lord who has the power to save.


‘Who touched me?’ But he continued to look all round to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. ‘My daughter’, he said, ‘your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free of your complaint. (Mark 5:32-34)

  • When have you touched the Lord?
  •  Tell the Lord the whole truth.
  •  Have you ever experienced a healing from the Lord?
  •  Listen to the Lord who frees you from your complaint.


Taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up. The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat. (Mark 5: 41-43)

  • The girl responds to Jesus’ words. Do you believe he intends the same for you?
  •  When have you been astonished at the Lord’s work?
  •  What is the need that Jesus sees in you?
  •  Listen to the Lord who says to you, ‘Talitha, kum!’

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