Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

2 Sm. 18: 9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30-19:3 | Ps. 86:1-6  | Mk. 5:21-43

Compassion is the main theme of today’s readings.  One has compassion for others if one loves.  Samuel tells the story of Absolom’s death and David’s deep sorrow over this event.  Despite the fact that Absolom was a traitor to his father, David still loved him and did not want him killed.

The Gospel tells of Jesus’ great compassion both for Jairus and his daughter as well as for the woman with the hemorrhage.   We not only learn about deep compassion from this story but also that at times when our attention to one task is diverted that this second person or task may need the time.  Rather when the woman touches his cloak he stops to inquire about who touched Him and then confirmed her faith.  The daughter of Jairus is also brought back to life because Jesus wants healing for all people.  How much good and love could take place if we remained open to all who cross our path!

Today, stop to consider how well you stay open to those whom you encounter each day.  How rigid are you in accomplishing the “task” list?  Are you open to other needs popping up for your attention, compassion and care?  Ask God for the grace to become more open today.

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