Monday of the 14th Week of the Year

Matt 9: 18-26

The Official’s Daughter and the Woman with a Hemorrhage


A family called for a priest to administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to their dying father. In the celebration of the sacrament, the whole family prayed fervently. Almost miraculously within a week, the father slowly recovered. Rejoicing, one daughter said to the father: “We prayed hard for you, Daddy.” The father replied: “yes, thank you my dear. Surely, you have placed much faith in your prayers that God decided to add more days to my life.”

Prayer becomes effective, not in its length, nor in its style, nor in its method, nor in its form, but only in the strength of the faith of the one who prays. The gospel portrays two healing miracles of Jesus in response to simply but faith-laden prayers of those who asked him: Faith in Jesus proceeded the prayer of the woman who was suffering from hemorrhages for 12 years: ‘if only I can touch his cloak, I shall get well.” Jesus assured her of the cure due to her faith: ‘Your faith has restored you to health.” The same is true with the synagogue leader who pleaded with Jesus to come with him to lay his hand on her daughter who just died. Due to their lack of faith, it is not surprising that Jesus asked the crowd who were making noise to leave. No cure can take place when there is no faith. The faith a person place in prayer always makes the difference between answered and unanswered prayers.

How do we pray? The Lord through the prophet Hosea assures us: “I will espouse you in fidelity and you shall know the Lord.” Faith matters a lot. It is in a relationship of faith with the Lord that we can experience his wonders in our life. (Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD Bible Diary 2004).


The gospel shows another healing narrative. Two women are healed. In one story, the woman is underage, so her approaches Jesus for her. In the other, the woman takes the initiative in approaching Jesus. No matter what approach taken, it is faith that counts. Faith works wonders. (Noel Lao Bongalon, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


Miracles are sometimes seen as reminders to us of God’s power. For others, it is a reminder of what prayer can do. Still others see miracles as God’s mysterious way of going against the natural order of things. Why did Jesus bring the dead girl back to life? Was it because he took pity on the grieving father? Was it because Jesus thought that this was a fine opportunity to remind them of His power and to convince them to take Him more seriously? What happened to the father afterwards? Did he become a diehard follower of Jesus and did he go around extolling His marvelous deeds? What happened to the little girl afterwards? Did she dedicate herself to God for the rest of her life? More questions than we have answers for.

Many miracles have happened in man’s history. We cannot deny the lives have changed, faith has been strengthened, hope restored, and other things have transpired for the better because of God’s interventions in our lives. We can look then at miracles as God’s gentle reminder that He is around and that His power is truly greater than anything we can imagine. (Fr. Gil Alejandria, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


In many parishes in India, on the eve of the Feast of Corpus Christi, there are Eucharistic devotions throughout the night. Before the final blessing, each person is invited to come forward to kneel before the monstrance and to touch the cloak wrapped around it. It is very inspiring to see the faith of the people, their faith in the Holy Eucharist.

We have inspiring stories in the gospels that tell us of the role of faith in healing (Matt 15:21-28; John 4:43-54; Mark 5:21-43). The gospel of today is one such passage wherein we see, among others, how faith and healing is clearly connected.

Someone wrote: “Faith isn’t a matter of believing hard enough, but a matter of taking what you believe in and putting it into action.” Those who believe must overcome adversity to receive their healing. For the woman with the bleeding condition in today’s gospel, she had to overcome her shame and the crowds that surrounded Jesus.

How do we take our illnesses and infirmities? Do we “lay by the pool day after day hoping someone will come along and drop us” (cf. John 5:1-7) instead of pushing through the crowd to touch the cloak of Jesus? Aren’t we like this sometimes? We ask the Lord to help us pass a test we haven’t studied for, to spare us the painful consequences of a choice we have made, to be given some material thing we haven’t worked for? How often do we become bitter when we don’t receive what we think we want and declare that God has abandoned us! Let us understand that it is our responsibility to get to Jesus and to over whatever obstacles that might stand in our way to do so. Let us ask Him with all our heart, mind and strength. This is part of our faith in Him – that we are prepared to run the race with endurance and be willing to fight the good fight. Then we shall be healed (Fr. Deva Savariyapan, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


For the synagogue official, Jesus was the last resort to restore his daughter’s life. Since he was in charge of the synagogue he must have been very orthodox in his beliefs, and therefore critical of Jesus’ teachings. At the same time, he must have tried everything so his daughter might live, but all in vain. Although the official came to Jesus with a very inadequate motive, i.e., out of desperation and not out of love, still our Lord brought back his daughter to life. Sometimes we go to church or pray not because we love the Lord and want to be with Him but because we want something from Him. That is why when we do not get what we prayed for we get angry or stop praying together. And yet the Lord is very patient and understanding in spite of our inadequate motives.

If the synagogue official came to Jesus with inadequate motive, the woman suffering from hemorrhage came to Jesus with inadequate faith. her belief that by merely touching Jesus’ cloak would cure her is like a form of superstition. But the Lord affirmed the woman’s faith. In both cases the Lord granted their desires and wishes.

Sometimes with the advancement of science and technology and vast knowledge of theology, we look down on the simple faith of ordinary people. But to such kind of people our Lord reveals His goodness and love. No wonder our Lord taught us that unless we become like little children we cannot enter the Kingdom of God (Matt 16:3). Children have a pure sense of awe and they are instinctively dependent and trusting. Children naturally trust their parents that their needs will be met. Simple faith like the woman with hemorrhage or like a trusting child is the pattern of the Christian’s attitude towards God, the Father of all. (Fr. Titus Mananzan, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


Fr. Fernando Suarez is known all over as a “healing priest.” Last year, our kababayan is New Jersey told me that Fr. Suarez was drawing white, black and Hispanic people to his healing Masses. Many in the crowd were non-Catholics – Protestants, Jews and other religious affiliations. They wanted to be cured by this Filipino Catholic priest. It is admirable of this healing priest that he attributes the healing not to himself but to Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ healing ministry is being continued by those to whom he has given the gift to cure those with infirmities. Our faith is strengthened and the power of Jesus as the Lord of creation and salvation is proclaimed.

There is danger though, that miracles can be falsely conceived as the ultimate test of real faith and religiosity. If there is no manifestation of healing, faith in God diminishes and is emptied of its essential meaning as an assent to the truth contained in biblical revelation and proposed by the Church. This faith is emotion-ventilated and result-oriented which can easily lead to disillusionment.

In my concert in New Jersey I met Tiyo Tonio who hails from Cebu. He is a very respected man and well loved by Filipinos and his pastors because of his indefatigable service to the parish community. Early last year he was diagnosed with cancer and told by the doctors that he has only six months to live.  This big-hearted old man is not seeking physical healing any more because according to him he has lived well and long enough to him he has lived well and long enough and is ready to meet his creator. This is the faith that trusts in the words of Jesus both in life and in the face of death. Lest we forget, the healer who healed many and brought back to life a dead girl, did not spare Himself from suffering and dying on the cross. (Fr. Raul Caga, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


July 4, 2016 Monday

The story is told that when Pope Francis was in the Philippines, there was this dilemma of the MMDA whether to cite him for traffic violation on three counts: (1) using a vehicle with no valid plate number; (2) not using a seatbelt; (3) standing while the vehicle is in motion. But they decided to let him go, in the spirit of mercy and compassion.

Jesus, out of mercy and compassion, healed the woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years, and raised up to life the little girl who had died. He had a heart, and he went out of his way to be with, and to minister to them. Pope Francis showed us his Master’s heart when he was with us too. More than ever, we need people with kind and caring hearts. We have too many proud intellectuals, managers, celebrities and functionaries.

“Courage, your faith has saved you.” The Lord tells us today to focus on Him (not on ourselves!) and to hold on to His hands (not to our own resources) as we journey on. In the end, it is our faith and trust in God, more than our “achievements” that will save us. It is because God is loving, merciful and compassionate that we will “make it there” in that kingdom where there are no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more sickness, no more goodbyes.

In faith, in humility, let us pray every day: “Lord, help me to make the rest of my life, the best of my life. Amen!” (Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD | San Jose, Batangas Bible Diary 2016)


July 9, 2012

St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, martyrs
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Monday of the 14th Week

Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22
Ps 145
Mt 9:18-26

The Official’s Daughter and the Woman with a Hemorrhage

18While [Jesus was speaking to the crowd], an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. 20A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. 21She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”

22Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.

23When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, 24he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. 25When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. 26And news of this spread throughout all that land.


If only I can touch his cloak. According to Jewish custom it is prohibited for a woman to touch any Jewish male, especially one who is a religious leader. The woman in the Gospel, however, has a great need that she is willing to cross the socio-cultural barrier. By touch she thinks that the healing power of Jesus can be transmitted. It is not enough to see Jesus, to listen to him. For her, it is better to go to Jesus, to be near him, and make contact. She has been suffering for twelve long and painful years. She perseveres despite suffering in the hands of doctors and spending much of her fortune. The hemorrhage has made her ritually unclean; she is thus prohibited from entering the temple and taking part in her community’s activities. She has been socially alienated, socially dead.

The woman believes that Jesus can heal. But she does not wait for him to come. She initiates the encounter by approaching him. She has a good intention and she is rewarded in the process. With her faith she is not disappointed. As he heals, Jesus restores meaning to her life. He brings her back to communal solidarity. She is dignified to be called “daughter,” a child of God.

What physical and spiritual healing do I need to ask from God for myself and for others?


MONDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – MATEO 9:18-26. Unsa may angay natong buhaton kon kita adunay pangayoon sa Ginoo? Ang opisyal diha sa ebanghelyo naghatag kanato og maayong ehemplo. Bisan habog ang iyang nahimutangan sa katilingban, ang opisyal niluhod sa atubangan ni Jesus ug nangaliyupo kaniya. Sa iyang pagluhod, gipakita sa opisyal ang iyang pagkamapaubsanon ug ang iyang pag-ila sa dakong gahum sa Dios. Bisan unsa kadato, kabantogan, ug kagamhanan ang usa ka tawo, adunay daghang mga butang nga dili niya mahimo. Apil niini ang pagtambal sa tanang sakit ug ang pagpugong sa kamatayon. Sa pagkatinuod, ang Dios lamang maoy makahimo sa tanang butang, ug siya maoy angay natong sangpiton og una sa dili pa ang uban. Sayop ang naandan nga mosangpit lang sa Ginoo sa katapusan o kon wala nay mahimo. Posted by Abet Uy


Sunday, July 5, 2015

MONDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MATEO 9:18-26. UNSA MAY ANGAY NATONG BUHATON KON KITA ADUNAY PANGAYOON SA GINOO? Ang opisyal diha sa ebanghelyo naghatag kanato og maayong ehemplo. Bisan habog ang iyang nahimutangan sa katilingban, ang opisyal niluhod sa atubangan ni Hesus ug nangaliyupo kaniya. Sa iyang pagluhod, gipakita sa opisyal ang iyang pagkamapaubsanon ug ang iyang pag-ila sa gahum sa Dios. Bisan unsa kadato, kabantogan, ug kagamhanan ang usa ka tawo, adunay daghang mga butang nga dili niya mahimo. Apil niini ang pagtambal sa grabeng sakit ug ang pagpugong sa kamatayon. Ang Dios lamang maoy makahimo sa tanang butang, ug siya maoy una natong sangpiton kon kita may problema o matumba. Matod pa sa magsusulat, “When life knocks you down to your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.” Posted by Abet Uy


My Reflection for Monday July 7, Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 9:18-26Reflection: Do you have a prayer for Jesus? Don’t worry for as long as you have faith your prayer will be realized. Why is it that we don’t usually get what we wish for from Jesus? Because we doubt,  and we don’t work for what we want from HIM.

Some of us would pray but there’s no conviction in our prayers we just pray for the sake of praying. The most powerful prayer is when we pray with conviction and we pray without any sign of doubt in our hearts. And when we do pray without any doubts we could expect something in return from Jesus for Jesus is a gracious and merciful God.

We have two stories of prayers with actions and faith in our gospel. Both the man and the woman had prayer request for Jesus and both of them were granted by Jesus for it was prayers with faith and actions.

Let us therefore always go to Jesus, in good times and in bad, even if we are not in need of HIM let us still go to HIM. This is for the reason that the more we get in-touch with Jesus the more that our intimacy and faith in HIM are strengthen.

How are we going to get intimate with Jesus? We regularly read HIS life story in the Bible, we ensure our regular presence at Holy Mass and we regularly visit HIM in the Adoration chapel.

Are you taking action to deepen your intimacy with Jesus? Posted by: Marino J. Dasmarinas


Jesus heals two women. “If only I touch his cloak.” Someone compared the cloak of Jesus to the sacraments of the Church. The person explained the comparison this way:

“Just as the woman in the gospel reached out in faith and touched Jesus through his cloak, so we can reach out in faith and touch Jesus through the sacraments. If we do, Jesus’ healing power will flow into us, just as it flowed into the woman.”

The comparison may not perfect. But if it helps us appreciate what a precious gift the sacraments are, it has served a valuable purpose. This much is certain: Jesus wants to heal us as much as he wanted to heal the woman.

Today’s reading invites us to ask ourselves: what are of our life needs healing most?

Today’s reading invites us to pray: Lord, help us realize we can make contact with your healing power in the sacraments. (Fr. Mark Link SJ, Illustrated Daily Homilies Weekdays, Mumbai: St. Pauls, 2003:127)


BIG BASKET – “Your faith has saved you.” – Matthew 9:22

I once went to the grocery to buy a couple of things for the kitchen. Since I knew I only wanted a few items, I didn’t bother getting a basket. I just grabbed stuff and carried them by hand.

Soon, my hands were full. Then I saw some stuff that wasn’t on my shopping list but I felt I needed. So I decided to get a basket.

Later on, the basket was full, too. So I got a shopping cart and placed the basket inside. I went home with much more than I had planned to buy.

I believe God has no problem blessing us. The question is, how much are we willing to receive? The answer lies in how much faith we have. Sometimes we pray for things but we don’t believe enough that we will receive them. How can God place big blessings in small containers?

If we’re willing to settle for small blessings, that’s all we’ll get. But if we want big blessings, we need shopping cart-sized faith. George Tolentino Gabriel (

Reflection: What are you praying for? Does your faith match the size of your request?

Lord, I choose to believe — big time.


TOUCHING STATUES AND RELICS – As a German, it was not easy for me when I came to the Philippines, seeing so many faithful touching images, relics and statues. My Western mind whispered sarcastically: superstition.

But my attitude began to change when one day I had to prepare a short homily about today’s Gospel passage regarding the hemorrhaging woman who touched the cloak of Jesus and experienced instant healing. I had read and heard it many times before and focused always on the daughter of the official whom Jesus called back to life. But that afternoon I had just witnessed again an elderly lady in our church touching the statue of Our Lady, wiping it with her handkerchief, and then touching her neck with the same handkerchief. Somehow this simple faith touched me also.

I asked myself again the question: Can clothes or relics heal? The answer is no. It is our faith that heals, not the cloth or the particle of a saint’s bone.

“Your faith has healed you,” Jesus told the woman so that she would not get a wrong idea and think that His cloak was miraculous. She had faith in Jesus and so this heart-to-heart contact with the Lord caused the miracle. Everything connected with Jesus is life-giving, even His cloak.

We use many things that bring us in contact with the sacred: holy water, medals, scapulars, relics, statues. It is not the mere contact with these holy objects that gives us grace or protect us. They rather bring us in contact with God, with the Blessed Mother, or with a saint whose intercession we invoke. This contact should be a reminder to live a life that pleases God.

And so the story about the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed because of her faith helps us to have the right attitude towards religious articles we use.

We thank our Church for giving us these reminders so that we feel closer to God or Mary or to a saint, and so hopefully use them in the proper way as a help on our way to heaven. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTION: When you use holy water, medals, or touch a statue, are you aware that you actually try to get in contact with the divine?

Lord, make me use with reverence the holy articles the Church provides us. Help me to always believe that it depends on my faith whether my prayer will be granted. Amen. (2016.07.04


 Faith is All-Powerful

July 6, 2015 (readings)

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Father Edward McIlmail, LC

Matthew 9:18-26

While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured. When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.

Introductory Prayer: Jesus, you are my savior and redeemer; I believe that you want to hear from me. I approach you in confidence and offer this prayer for those who are afraid to draw near to you.

Petition: Grant me, Jesus, a deeper faith in your power to heal me and my loved ones.

  1. Awaiting Our Move:We note that the official’s faith moves Jesus to action. Remarkable! The Son of God accommodates a mere creature, due to a show of faith. So often we see problems around us and expect God to solve them without any effort on our part. God knows our problems better than we do (cf. Matthew 6:8). Yet, he sometimes doesn’t act until he sees an act of faith on our part. The official showed such faith. It was extraordinary, after all, for him to approach Jesus in front of other people and ask point-blank for a miracle. Do I have such confidence when I approach Jesus in prayer? Is my faith strong enough to ask him for something extraordinary?
  2. Touching Moment:The woman suffering hemorrhages had great faith in Jesus, too. In her case, she didn’t express it in words. Rather, she expressed it in a deed, by discreetly touching Jesus’ cloak. That kind of faith speaks volumes. It helps if our words are joined with actions. Petitions don’t always suffice. We have to act, to move, to leave our comfort zone, in order to approach Jesus. Prayer is good; prayer plus action gives God even more fertile ground to work with. How can I complement my prayer life? Can I help my pastor with a special project, for instance?
  3. Mourning Has Broken:In Our Lord’s time it was not uncommon to have professional mourners show up when someone died. Jesus’ comment that the official’s daughter was merely sleeping brought ridicule on him. Who needs mourners if the young lady is alive? We can be like professional mourners at times, resigned to the evil and death around us. We might throw up our hands and think we can hope for nothing better. We might even be tempted, like the mourners, to ignore Our Lord’s reassuring presence. We might think: “What! Me, be a saint?” Or: “Me, called to the priesthood or consecrated life?” Or: “Do you really expect us to handle another child right now?” Luckily for us, Christ is undeterred. He comes to bring us life, to lead us out of sin, to make us more generous. In a word, he comes to call us to holiness. Do I resist such a call?

Conversation with Christ: The official and the suffering woman show an admirable faith. I want to have that same kind of faith, Lord. Sometimes I feel paralyzed by my problems, so much so that I find it hard to approach you confidently. Increase my faith and sense of hope. Let me live as if I really believe that you rule the world.

Resolution: I will offer up a sacrifice (or a visit to the Blessed Sacrament or an act of charity) for a special intention.

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July 04, 2016

REFLECTION: By a strange (and welcome) coincidence, everything in today’s liturgy is about women: the people of Israel seen as God’s spouse, the bleeding woman with so much faith in Jesus, and the dear little girl raised up by Jesus. But, apart from these female figures, we are also remembering a great woman saint: Elizabeth of Portugal.

Elizabeth was born of high Spanish nobility in 1270; and at 12 years old she married King Denis of Portugal. They had two children, Alfonso, and a daughter Constance. But King Denis was a womanizer of the worst kind and had several illegitimate children. Elizabeth bore her husband’s infidelities with loving patience and even raised his illegitimate children as her own. She devoted a lot of her time and energy to the care of the poor. But perhaps her greatest achievement was to maintain peace between the members of her extended family, especially between her husband and their rebellious son Alfonso. In fact, she died of exhaustion on her way to prevent an all-out war between Alfonso and her nephew, Alfonso XI of Castile.

Dissolving family tensions and preventing potential conflicts is one of the greatest services a wife and mother can render.


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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