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dc.contributor.authorSelk, Geneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-09T19:56:06Z
dc.date.available2014-06-09T19:56:06Z
dc.date.issued2003-07-07en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 383en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/54756
dc.description.abstractThe reading from Matthew gives an account of two miracles, an official whose daughter is revived from death, and a woman who is healed of hemorrhages.||I will begin with a few comments on the notion of miracles in the New Testament. Jesus does not perform like a magician, who through some special incantations or the application of some balm, suddenly brings about a healing. The miracles seem to occur within natural processes. God acts within the capacities of nature, but a nature transformed by divine activity. I mention this because ever since David Hume (1711-1776) miracles have been defined as violations of laws of nature. But these healing stories and many others in the gospels can be viewed as occurring within nature. Miracles are signs or wonders indicating the special presence of God, or, as some authors have suggested, indicating the breaking in of the Kingdom of God here and now and pointing to the ultimate fulfillment of the Kingdom at the eschaton.|The second feature of these miracle stories is that they are conferred by Jesus in response to expressions of faith. The official expresses his faith by declaring to Jesus: "Come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." The woman who suffers from chronic hemorrhaging expresses her faith by touching the edge of Jesus's cloak and telling herself that "if I can only touch his cloak, I shall be healed." Faith here has the sense of complete trust in Jesus. It does not have the sense of blind assent to that which is beyond evidence and reason, a commonplace use of "faith" today, a use which has nothing in common with the biblical sense of faith.|Jesus responds to the woman's trust with, "Take heart, my daughter; your faith has healed you." Notice that faith is not appealed to as a reason for believing, but rather as a consequence of having faith in God. So our approach toward the miracles stories and our religious faith should not be, "I believe in Jesus because he performed miracles," but rather, "I am confident that Jesus is God and for that reason the miracle stories make sense."| Finally, interpreters of the story about the woman with the hemorrhage suggest that the woman was probably suffering from some sort of menstrual disorder. In the Jewish world of Jesus's time, this was regarded as an impurity and accordingly she would have been shunned by her community. Thus, Jesus's healing did more than relieve her of her chronic malady; it also restored her to her community. The healing shows that Jesus "discounts the demarcation of society along purity lines." * He does not shun the woman regarded by her culture as impure, but speaks gently to her - "Take heart, my daughter."|Our prayer for today might be to ask God to give us the ability to share in the confidence in Jesus displayed by the official and the woman, and that we see God in those who today are often regarded as impure _ the handicapped, the mentally ill, those with HIV, and the poor.|* David E. Garland, Reading Matthew: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the First Gospel (NY: Crossroad, 1993), p. 107.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, July 7, 2003: 14th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day7en_US
dc.date.year2003en_US
dc.date.monthJulyen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitPhilosophyen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSelk, Eugene E.en_US
dc.date.daynameMondayen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 14en_US
dc.relation.nexthttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/54770
dc.relation.previoushttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/54742
dc.subject.local1Genesis 28:10-22aen_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15aben_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 9:18-26en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US


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