In the Gospel for Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus heals the hemorrhaging woman. She had been suffering for twelve years. “She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.’ Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction” (Mark 5: 27-29). The woman believes in the divine power of Jesus. He is the source of healing power for us too. Jesus has the power to save us from life-threatening physical and spiritual harm. With the grace of the resurrected Christ, we can prevail over our ailments such as sickness, loneliness, grief, and apathy. Christ saves us to love God and others. Living for God in Christ now means we will live with God hereafter. How is your faith in the saving power of Jesus?
In the Gospel for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Simeon encounters the infant Jesus in the Temple. A “righteous and devout man”, he has been awaiting the messiah. When he sees Jesus, he prays. “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel” (Luke 2: 29-32). Through his proclamation of faith, Simeon becomes a disciple of Jesus. As members of the Body of Christ, the Church, we are Jesus’ disciples today. As we await his second coming, we see the lights of revelation in our everyday lives. Think of those “aha” moments when you realize in a powerful way the presence of God: the birth of a baby, a family celebration, an heroic act of mercy, inspirational leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., our kindnesses to those in need, and more. With good spiritual eyesight, we can see God with us in powerful and mysterious ways. How is your eye sight?