The Word of God

Cloud Of Witnesses

Reflection on Mass Reading for February 5, 2019

“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.” Without a doubt, the Christian life can be very difficult sometimes and seemingly just too hard to walk. This is precisely why we need to help each other and depend on the great example of the saints of God who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith and exuberantly displaying a remarkable amount of courage in living the faith in Christ in the face of the most formidable odds. 

“One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.” “There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.” In the Gospel today, we have two very prime examples of people who are in great need of a powerful miracle in their lives and who are surrounded by people who also believe because the text tells us there were crowds following the unfolding drama. The witness and the advice given to those searching for the Lord and finding the most courageous of all faith before them help us to remember that we need each other in the walk of faith. We also need to respond appropriately and faithfully when called upon to give witness, strengthen the resolve of others who are struggling and always pray for those who need our prayers the most. “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

“O Little St. Agnes, so young and yet made so strong and wise by the power of God, protect by your prayers all the young people of every place whose goodness and purity are threatened by the evils and impurities of this world. Give them strength in temptation and a true repentance when they fail. Help them to find true Christian friends to accompany them in following the Lamb of God and finding safe pastures in His Church and in her holy sacraments. May you lead us to the wedding banquet of heaven to rejoice with you and all the holy virgin martyrs in Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.” 

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