Reflection for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time… June 30, 2024

by Sr. Theresa Maly, ND

This week the Book of Wisdom, reminds us, in no uncertain terms, that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. This is no surprise, we learned this as children but we may miss the word, ALL.  ALL are made in the image and likeness of God.  Imagine the dignity, value and power that comes from being made in the image and likeness of God!

It seems, however, our culture has decided who are those who do not measure up — those less valued, easily ignored and shunned.

We are invited to meet one such women in this week’s Gospel.  It seems that Jesus sought out those in society who were considered to be less valued, easily ignored, neglected, and marginalized.  We focus now on one such woman who was definitely shunned.  She suffered with hemorrhages for many years which made her ritually unclean and whoever touched her would also be ritually unclean.   Having heard about Jesus, she believed that all she had to do was simply touch the hem of his garment and she would be healed. She did just that and was healed.  When Jesus felt power go out from him, he turned around and said.  “Who touched me?”  Imagine her fear? Jesus looked at her kindly and spoke these comforting words,   “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”   We never know how and where and through whom God’s grace may surprise us!