In today's office of the readings there is an interesting contrast. There is the story of King David and his affair with Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah. This was followed by an account of the faith formation of Mary. What a 180 degree turn.
When contemplating on this and the gospel reading from Mark on July 1st it stresses the importance of what Jairus and the hemorrhaging woman did by standing out in the crowd in great faith to ask Jesus for help in their great time of distress. Both were given God's grace for their actions. But, David who sinned did not follow God's law. But, Mary through following the teaching of revelation through her son received grace and was without sin. If David would have seemed God's help then he would have certainly been better off at his time of judgement.
Yesterday, while worshipping with prisoners in ministry there was an incident in another part of the prison where a stabbing occurred. This occurred as we were praising God through liturgy of the word and eucharist. I am sure this man who stabbed the other prisoner would have made a better choice and and would have not acted out in anger if he, like Jairus and the hemorrhaging woman would have seemed the help of Jesus.
There are many times in life where the answers are hard to come by, and help is needed. We may seek our spouse, a friend, or a mentor for assistance. But, if more people, including myself, would seek Christ then the answers would come in the right by faith.
Dear Father in heaven who only represents goodness, please help us to seek out Christ and tug on his cloak when we need guidance. Let us have courage and not let our egos get in the way of good judgement. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
I make a promise to turn toward Jesus in times of trouble.