Daily Gospel – Monday, July 8, 2024 – Matthew 9,18-26 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Hosea 2,16.17b-18.21-22)

Reading of the Prophecy of Hosea.

Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will seduce her, leading her to solitude, where I will speak to her heart; and there she will respond to the commitment, as in the days of her youth, in the days of her coming from the land of Egypt. It will happen in that day, says the Lord, that she will call me ‘My husband’, and will no longer call her ‘My Baal’. I will betroth you forever; to keep faithfulness and you will know the Lord.”

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Matthew 9,18-26)

Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew.

— Glory to you, Lord.

While Jesus was speaking, a chief approached, bowed deeply before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her and she will live.” Jesus got up and followed him, along with his disciples. Just then, a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the hem of her cloak. She thought to herself, “If I can just touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and, seeing her, said: “Take courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. Arriving at the chief’s house, Jesus saw the flute players and the excited crowd, and said: “Go away, because the girl is not dead, but she is sleeping.” And they started making fun of him. When the crowd was cleared away, Jesus entered, took the girl by the hand, and she stood up. This news spread throughout that region.

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we are blessed with readings that speak deeply to us about God’s unconditional and transforming love. In times of difficulty and trial, these passages remind us of God’s faithful love for His people and the restorative power of His presence. Let’s explore together the depths of this message and how it can transform our lives.

In the first reading, from the book of Hosea, we hear a declaration of love that resonates through the centuries. God, speaking through the prophet Hosea, says to the people of Israel: “Therefore, behold, I will draw her, and I will take her into the wilderness, and I will speak to her heart. And she will answer as in the days of her youth, as on the day he came up out of the land of Egypt.” Here, God compares his relationship with Israel to a marriage. Even after Israel’s unfaithfulness, God promises to restore this relationship with tenderness and love.

To understand the depth of this message, let’s think about the image of a wedding. Imagine a couple who, after years of difficulties and separation, decide to renew their vows. They remember the days of their youth when they first fell in love. This process of renewal is painful, but also deeply healing. Such is God’s love for us. Even when we walk away, He calls us back, speaks to our hearts and promises to renew our relationship with Him.

In Matthew’s gospel, we find two healing stories that reveal the power and compassion of Jesus. First, we see a chief who approaches Jesus, pleading: “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her and she will live.” And, as Jesus heads to the chief’s house, a woman who had suffered from hemorrhage for twelve years touches the hem of His cloak, believing that she would be healed. Jesus, feeling her touch, turns and says: “Take courage, daughter, your faith has saved you.” And the woman was healed instantly.

Upon arriving at the boss’s house, Jesus finds the girl already presumed dead. But He says, “Go away, for the girl is not dead; she sleeps.” And, taking her by the hand, the girl stands up. These stories show us that Jesus not only has power over sickness and death, but also that He responds to the faith of those who seek Him.

Now, let’s reflect on how these readings apply to our lives. First, Hosea’s message challenges us to reflect on our own faithfulness to God. In our busy and often tumultuous lives, we may find ourselves alienated from God, perhaps even unfaithful in our relationship with Him. But the good news is that God never gives up on us. He calls us back, lovingly and tenderly, desiring to restore our relationship with Him. We are invited to respond to His call with the same enthusiasm and passion of our “spiritual youth” when our love for God was new and vibrant.

What about the gospel? Healing stories remind us of the power of faith. The bleeding woman believed so deeply that touching Jesus would be enough to heal her, and her faith was rewarded. The chief, even in the midst of the pain of losing his daughter, believed that Jesus could restore his life. Jesus responded to both of them not just with physical healing, but with a confirmation of their faith in Him.

We can ask ourselves: in what areas of our lives do we need this faith? We may face illness, financial struggles, family problems, or other crises. In moments of despair, we are called to trust in Jesus, knowing that He has the power to transform our situations. Our faith, however small, can be the catalyst for miracles in our lives.

Let’s consider the metaphor of the storm and shelter. Imagine yourself in the middle of a violent storm, the torrential wind and rain threatening to bring down everything around you. Suddenly you find a safe shelter, a place of refuge where the storm cannot touch you. This shelter is the presence of Jesus in our lives. No matter how violent the storms we face, we can find refuge and safety in Him. Your presence protects us, comforts us and restores us.

Today’s message also challenges us to be agents of transformation in the lives of others. Just as Jesus responded to the chief’s call for help and the woman’s touch, we are called to respond to the needs of those around us. It could be a friend who is struggling, a family member who needs support, or even a stranger who needs a word of encouragement. Our faith must move us to action, to be hands and feet of Christ in the world.

Let us now have a moment of silence to reflect. Let us close our eyes and ask God to reveal to us areas of our lives where we need to restore our loyalty to Him and where our faith needs to be strengthened. May the Holy Spirit guide us and give us courage to live according to God’s will.

Lord, we thank You for today’s lessons. Help us to live according to Your will, to renew our commitment to You, and to have unshakable faith in Your power to transform our lives. May we be light in the world, reflecting Your love in every action and word. Amen.

As we leave here today, let us take with us the hope and determination to live as true followers of Christ. May God’s grace accompany us and may we be instruments of His peace and love in the world. Remember, we are called to be light and salt – let us shine and flavor the world with the goodness, justice and love of God. Amen.