The double antidote to restlessness and anxiety
We may not have the power to perform miracles, but humility and trust in God makes anything possible.
Today’s readings can be found here.
While he was thus speaking to them, behold, a chief came in and knelt down before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live. And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she was thinking, “If I only touch his garment, I’ll be healed.” Jesus turned around and, seeing her, said: “Take courage, my daughter; your faith has healed you. And instantly the woman was healed. And when Jesus had come to the chief’s house, and saw the pipers and the tumult of the crowd, he said, “Go away; for the young girl is not dead, but she is sleeping. And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been turned out, he came in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this went through this whole district.
Today’s gospel contains two miracles together. The first features a woman who had suffered from bleeding for 12 years, and the second, a dying girl. I don’t want to spoil this for you, but I think we can all anticipate that either way, Jesus heals them.
Still, I think it’s wrong to get too distracted by the endings of these situations, because there are two notable details that are perhaps the keys to the whole passage.
The first concerns the child’s father: “A chief came in and knelt before him saying: ‘My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.
The second concerns the woman: “And behold, a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she thought, ‘If I only touch his garment, I’ll be healed.’”
A leader who humbles himself and a desperate woman who trusts with all her might.
Humility and trust are the fundamental messages of this passage. It’s as if this story suggests that we may not have the power to perform miracles, but that humility and trust in God make anything possible.
Indeed, our restlessness and anxiety come from our lack of humility and trust in God.
Father Luigi Maria Epicoco is a priest of the Diocese of Aquila and teaches philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University and at the ISSR “Fides et ratio”, Aquila. He devoted himself to preaching, especially for the formation of lay people and religious, giving conferences, retreats and days of recollection. He is the author of numerous books and articles. Since 2021, he has been an ecclesiastical assistant in the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication and a columnist for the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano.