“I will praise you Lord, for you have rescued me.”  Our Responsorial Psalm in many ways captures the essence of our readings this week.  God rescues us – brings hope to us when there appears to be none.  Our first reading reminds us “God did not make death.”  This was brought on by the actions of man.  Sin, pain, sickness and death are on us.  But God rescues us when we have faith.  When all else fails us, we must go to the Lord in faith as Jairus did and as the woman with hemorrhages did.  With humility, patience and great prayer, we look to the Lord in faith that He might heal our needs.

As Vincentians, we need to continually remember that it is not our works, but the work of the Lord which brings healing and wholeness to those in need.  We are called to come before the Lord in true humility, seeking His guidance and will in prayer and with patience, that those in pain may find comfort and hope.  We need to recognize that no situation is beyond God’s touch.  We need to be open to go where He leads us in all situations.  Do I go to the Lord in total and complete humility recognizing that all is from Him?  Do I seek His will in prayer and discernment?  Do I have faith that He will provide what is needed when it is needed?

Lord Jesus, help my faith that I may trust and believe in you always!  Help me to humbly bring all situations before you, prayerfully seeking your will for me and for those I minister to in your name.  Let me be as Jairus and the woman – trusting fully and completely in your presence, your goodness, your mercy and your will.  We pray all of this in your name.  Amen

Deacon Mike