When I first got involved with Charismatic Renewal, or Renewal in the Holy Spirit, I was amazed to see the power of Jesus Christ operating through ordinary lay men and women. When they prayed over people, those people changed. The authority of Jesus Christ worked in and through them.
The Gospel for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time illustrates the simple fact that the more overwhelmed we are by life, the more ready we are to let God burst into our lives. In the Gospel, the woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years and the father of the dying 12-year-old girl knew that they had exhausted all worldly help.
The Gospel for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time might prompt questions: "Why is Jesus crossing over to the other side in the evening? What will He find on that side? Why didn't He wait until morning when the disciples could see the sea's condition more clearly?"
We might ask Jesus similar questions about many scenes in the Gospel, which might stimulate a multiplicity of answers. The bottom line: Christ is always looking for more opportunities to uncover our poverty and to reveal the Gospel as the only answer.
The first and third readings of the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time are symbolic of God taking a tiny organism and turning it into a large and life-giving plant. When Ezekiel says God will take a tender shoot and plant it "on a high and lofty mountain," he might be suggesting the tree of the cross, planted on Calvary.
In the Gospel, Jesus uses a similar image in the parable of a tiny mustard seed sown in the ground. When it springs up, "it becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade."
The opening prayer at Mass tells us so much about the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. To paraphrase a cliché, familiarity breeds apathy. Is it possible that we receive the Holy Eucharist so casually that we forget how momentous this event really is?
How often we do we really advert to how far we have fallen with the disobedience of Adam and Eve? Without God's intervention, we would be totally lost in darkness.